Tracking some winter weather

Good Wednesday to one and all. We have a cold front ready to press into the region Wednesday night. This front will unleash some snow showers and flurries in the coming day, and that might be a preview of things to come.

Clouds will filter in during the afternoon on a  gusty southwesterly wind that could boost temps into the low 50s. Showers will zip in and out of town fairly quickly in the evening.

A strong northwesterly wind flow will then touch off snow showers and flurries across Central and Eastern Kentucky. There’s a chance that some snow could be on the ground Thursday night and Friday:

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The mountains of West Virginia will get hammered in this setup, and southeastern Kentucky could pick up an inch or so in spots.

The next system moving in for New Year’s Eve could start as a mix of rain and snow. Notice how the same GFS run shows this potential as it adds to what is shown above:

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The longer-range setup into next week looks to begin a harsh winter pattern for much of the country. Major blocking showing up across Greenland and Alaska forces bitterly cold air into much of the country. With the southeast ridge being pressed south and east and trying to fight, it could lead to a storm track just to our south. This shows up on the European model by the middle of next week:

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Watch that bitter cold press in over a three-day period:

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The European ensembles for the exact same time are in lockstep:

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The European model shows the first potential winter weather-maker developing by Wednesday and Thursday of next week:

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Have a great day and take care.

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