Arctic blast blows in today

Good Monday, everyone. Old Man Winter took the last day of the weekend off, but he is ready to blow back in today with another bitterly cold air mass. The arctic cold front swings in early this morning with a band of light snow to kick off the week.

This band of snow could lay down some very light accumulations across central and eastern parts of the state. Temps this morning will be in the low 20s and then fall through the teens during the afternoon. Gusty winds will make it feel MUCH colder.

Your usual suspect of tracking tools will walk you through the day:

Current temperatures

Winds

I-75 @ Winchester Road Lexington

I-75 @ Winchester Road

I-75 @ Iron Works Pike Lexington

I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South Between Lexington and Richmond

US 60 @ US 127 Frankfort

US60 @ US127

US 127 @ Frankfort Frankfort

US127 @ Frankfort KY

I-75 at MP 36 London

I-75 @ MP 36

I-71/I-75 at Buttermilk Pike Near Covington

I-71/I-75 @ Buttermilk Pike

Temps this evening will be in the single digits and then head back into sub zero territory by Tuesday morning. Wind chill numbers of -10 to -20 will be possible during this time. Highs Tuesday will struggle to get to 10 degrees in most areas.

As we are struggling with the dangerously cold air… a snowstorm will be raging across the deep south. Areas from New Orleans, through the Florida Panhandle to the Outer Banks of the Carolinas are likely to pick up on several inches of snow. That’s a sign of a very extreme pattern.

Looking ahead toward early February… We will have bitterly cold air across the plains and Midwest with regular cold around here. Throw in a southeastern states warm up and you can crank out some BIG storm systems. The GFS Ensembles temperature departure maps (in Celsius)  show that nicely before the bitterly cold returns…

GFS

Buckle up for a wild month to close out winter!

Have a great day and take care.

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