Wintry weather for Halloween weekend

Good Wednesday, everyone. Chillier air has pushed into the Bluegrass State again, but all the weather focus is on Friday — Halloween. That’s when a blast of winter invades our region and gives us the chance for some very early snowflakes.

Let’s start with where we are Wednesday.

We will start with some leftover showers across Eastern Kentucky. Skies will slowly clear from west to east as the day wears on. Highs Wednesday will reach the upper 50s to near 60 in many areas.

Thursday will be very chilly to start, with lows in the 30s under clear skies. The afternoon will see highs in the low to mid-50s.

Our setup for Halloween is unlike any other I’ve seen around here. We will be tracking a very strong upper-level disturbance dropping in from the north:

Euro 2

That is just something you don’t see very often with a system that originated in the arctic. That will contain bring very cold air our way, with rain developing Friday and possibly changing to snow Friday evening and early Saturday. Check out the latest from the NAM:

NAMThere is some pretty substantial snow showing up on that particular model run. That only goes through 8 a.m. Saturday.

Here’s what the model thinks will happen with snowfall during that time:

NAM 2

Let me emphasize: That is not my forecast and is only what the one model is suggesting. I am becoming more confident of the first flakes of the season flying, but we have a few days to figure it out. It could just be a flurry or two, or something a little more than that. Either way, this is a very wintry setup as we end October and begin November.

I will update things later Wednesday.

Have a good one and take care.

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