A change to winter this week

Good Monday, everyone.  We have one more mild day and then the bottom drops out. A major pattern change is taking place, with Old Man Winter taking control of the pattern for the eastern half of the country.

Highs out there Monday should hit the 60s with an increase in clouds and winds. This is ahead of our strong cold front blowing in with showers and storms late Monday night and Tuesday.

Winds are going to be a big-time player along and ahead of this front. Look at the wind gust forecast during this time:

Wind gusts of 40 mph will be common for many areas into the first half of Tuesday.

The cold air continues to try and catch the back edge of the rain shield Tuesday night and very early Wednesday morning across Eastern Kentucky.

The NAM:

The GFS is also showing a few snowflakes flying Tuesday night in the southeast:

Northwesterly winds bring in colder air Wednesday and Thursday, with the upper levels sending a lot of energy southward into our region from late Thursday through Saturday:

That brings light-accumulating snow potential with it, but the details are far from being known. All I can continue to say is, we have the chance to put a little snow on the ground Friday and Saturday. Arctic air comes in behind that setup. Gusty winds will send wind-chill levels way down.

Following that will be another big shot of arctic air. This should also bring snow chances back to the region:

GFS

European:

The cold shots are lined up to invade the eastern half of the country over the next few weeks. The ensembles have not budged in showing this:

With the cold will come several chances of snow. That’s about as specific as I can get on the snow possibilities. 🙂

Have a magnificent Monday and take care.

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