A white Christmas for many

Merry Christmas, everyone. Many of us are waking up to a white Christmas, with, at least, some snow on the ground. Gusty winds will continue to blow some of the snow around, as we get ready for more in the coming days.

Roads will still be slick out there early Monday, with temps generally in the mid and upper 20s for highs. Early day snow showers and flurries will slowly give way to a mix of sun and clouds.

Here are your tracking tools for the day:

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

I-75 @ Iron Works Pike

I-275 approaching KY 20/Airport
Near Covington
I-275 East of KY 20/Airport Exit

I-71/I-75 at Buttermilk Pike
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ Buttermilk Pike

I-75 MPĀ 127

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

US 60 @ US 127
US60 @ US127

Later tonight and Tuesday, we go into a setup featuring periods of light snow and flurries working from west to east across the region. That should last into early Wednesday:

The air will be very cold, so we are talking about very fine flakes that will be flying around. There’s little, if any moisture content in the flakes, and a lot of them won’t show up on radar. Some local 1-inch amounts may show up during this time.

The cold is impressive, with highs by Wednesday ranging from the upper teens to low 20s:

Gusty winds will make that feel a lot colder.

Single digit lows try to show up by Thursday morning as we watch a possible snow maker later in the day into Friday. The arctic air may keep a lot of that system to our south and southeast, but it could easily produce a light snowfall around here.

The system coming behind that for New Year’s weekend is the one to watch for our threat:

The Canadian model has it too:

The cold showing up for the week ahead is impressive, but nothing like what the models have coming in behind that system.

Look at the GFS for New Year’s Day:

That model takes our lows below zero with wind chills approaching minus-20. It has minus-50 wind chills into the Midwest.

The Canadian model is also seeing the brutal cold. These are actual low temps from the model:

Have a Merry Christmas and take care.

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