Winter gets ready to return

Good Thursday, everybody. Much colder air is back in the Bluegrass, and this is a sign of things to come. Old Man Winter appears to be mounting another attack, with the potential for some harsh weather moving in next week.

Thursday’s weather will feature some low clouds and flurries this morning before skies break some this afternoon. Highs will mainly be in the 30s:

For the past week, I’ve been highlighting the period of Feb. 7-11 for harsh winter weather to return to our region and the eastern part of the country. The upper-air charts have been all over this and continue to be. You can’t get a trough of this depth without some harsh stuff:

GFS 2

The surface charts are slowly catching on to all this. The latest GFS suggests waves of windy snows as bitterly cold air sweeps in. The below maps are for Monday through Wednesday:

GFS

With such low temperatures, it doesn’t take much moisture to produce snow, and those temps are brutal. Over the course of three days, that’s a setup that can potentially deliver a few to several inches of snow in some areas.

The air coming in behind the snow squalls is absolutely frigid:

GFS TEMPS 1

That could bring single-digit lows our way by Wednesday and Thursday.

Another blast of winter weather is possible by Valentine’s weekend.

Make it a great Thursday and take care.

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