A touch of winter this weekend

Good Friday, everyone. We have a big blast of cold air coming for the weekend, and this blast is likely to produce the first snowflakes of the season. This isn’t a big deal, but there’s always something exciting about seeing those first flakes fly.

Before we get to the weekend, we have a nice day going on Friday. Highs will be in the upper 40s to low 50s with a partly sunny sky.

A strong storm system then moves into the Ohio Valley on Saturday. This is going to produce a major snowstorm for areas to our north through Sunday.

Highs ahead of the front on Saturday will hit the low 50s as clouds quickly increase. Winds will be gusty as temps crash once the front sweeps through. A 20-degree drop in just a few hours is a good bet. Much of the precipitation falls in the colder air behind the front. That means a period of rain and snow showers will be likely:

GFSThat’s a pretty substantial burst of snow showing up on the GFS early Saturday evening. Leftover snowflakes will carry us into Sunday morning in eastern Kentucky.

That’s a big snowstorm for areas to our north:

GFS 2Notice how the GFS suggests some accumulation across Kentucky. I’m not seeing that at the moment, but I can’t rule out a rooftop coating if it snows hard enough.

Wind chills hit the low and mid teens Saturday night and Sunday morning. Brr!

The long-range call for Thanksgiving week is for another storm system to affect our weather. This looks to be during the busy holiday weekend, and you’re now seeing the models going back to what they were showing up until a few days ago. Rain and snow are on the early Thanksgiving weekend weather menu.

Have a fantastic Friday and take care.

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