Dangerously cold temps move in

Good Sunday and Happy New Year’s Eve. We have a brutally cold final day of 2017 and this is going to carry over into the first full week of 2018. This prolonged period of cold will be dangerous, so take all precautions now to avoid outside exposure.

As the cold continues to settle in today, we have another streak of light snow working across the northern half of the state. That will be followed by some northwesterly flow snow showers and flurries this evening.

Track away:

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

I-75 @ Iron Works Pike
Lexington

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 MP 127
Georgetown

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

US 60 @ US 127
Frankfort
US60 @ US127

Highs today are generally in the teens with wind chills near zero. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY kicks in tonight and goes through Tuesday for much of the state. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Monday morning will see temps from 0 to -5 in the north and 0 to 5 above for much of the rest of the state. Wind chills will be solidly below zero.
  • Tuesday will be the coldest with readings in the far north possibly getting as low as -10. The rest of the state should go from -5 to +5. Wind chills range from -5 to -15 at times.
  • This is dangerous stuff and you should take all weatherproofing precautions now.

 

I’m still curios to see what happens along the east coast by the middle and end of the week. That’s when we see a very sharp trough dig into the eastern half of the country, likely spinning up an east coast storm. While what should be well to our east, don’t sleep on a northwesterly flow producing snow showers behind it, or another system diving in from the northwest.

Bitterly cold temps will continue with lows reaching zero or a little below… Again.

A system will impact our weather next weekend as the extreme cold tries to relax for a bit, but watch how the GFS Ensembles keep trending colder for the second week of the year:

Have a safe and Happy New Year.

Take care.

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