Winter Comes On Strong

Happy New Year! We’ve made it to 2014 and it looks like Old Man Winter is about to celebrate in grand style. I’m tracking snow threats and some serious shots of arctic air over the next week and change. The cold could get very ugly.

The first day of the year features good weather with a mix of sun and clouds and temps in the 40s. Winds will gust up and clouds will increase by the afternoon and evening. That’s ahead of a fast moving low pressure that zips across the Tennessee Valley on Thursday.

Here’s how the NAM sees it:

NAM

Light snow will develop from west to east early Thursday morning. This may begin as a period of light rain or a mix and then go over to all snow as cold air crashes in. I do expect some accumulation with a general few inches possible.

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I will fine tune that later today and put out the last call map this evening.

Winds will be super gusty behind this system and some blowing snow is possible in the afternoon and evening hours. Temps will drop toward the high single digits and low teens by Friday morning. The wind and temps will combine to give us wind chill readings of 0 to -10 at times. That is close to the danger category.

The next round of winter arrives on Sunday into Monday as a storm system rolls our way. This may put more snow on the ground as bitterly cold air comes in behind this. The numbers coming off the computer models for early next week would give us the coldest air in many years. Here’s what the GFS is cranking out:

GFS

That’s absurd cold that would be dangerous to millions of people across the Ohio Valley. That’s something to keep a very close eye on as we roll forward.

Here’s hoping you have a great 2014. Take care.

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