Record-setting cold

Good Thursday to one and all. We are rewriting the weather history books across the Bluegrass State. Record amounts of snow have given way to record low temperatures. This dangerously cold air will hang tough through Friday.

The recent snows have put Lexington in some rare territory in terms of snow depth. Take a look at where we stand:

Winter Storm 2015Officially, this is tied for the second-highest snow depth on record. That’s the snow history part of the equation. Now it’s time for the temperatures to take center stage. We’re likely to start out Thursday with readings in the minus 5 to minus 15 range. That would shatter the record here in Lexington.

Wind chills early Thursday will be in the minus 20 to minus 30 degree range, and that’s dangerous. A wind chill warning is out for early Thursday:


High’s Thursday will reach only the single digits, with the wind chill staying well below zero. Some snow showers or flurries might develop in the afternoon.

Thursday night is when things can get totally out of control. Readings will drop even lower and could reach minus 20 degrees. Some of the computer models are showing the potential for even colder air:

GFS Temps 2The lowest temperature ever recorded in Lexington is minus 21 in January 1963. Can it get that cold tonight? It’s a possibility, but only if skies are completely clear.

I’m still trying to figure out exactly how our weekend plays out. Some thoughts:

– Snow develops across Western Kentucky on Friday and lifts to the northeast across the rest of the state during the evening.

– Accumulating snows might be seen before sleet and freezing rain begin to take over late Friday night and early Saturday.  The first half of Saturday looks icy, as temps struggle to get to the freezing mark.

– Rain might take over for a while later Saturday into Saturday night, but I suspect the models’ forecasts are still too warm. They also are probably too strong and too far north and west with the surface low during this time.

I leave you with Thursday’s tracking tools:


Make it a great day and take care.

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