Good Monday, folks. Our weekend winter storm didn’t disappoint for southern and southeastern Kentucky. Significant ice and snow accumulations hit many in these areas, causing power outages and forcing many school systems to cancel.
That system is now moving away, but the overall pattern remains super active for the week ahead.
Before we take a look down the road, let’s briefly talk about some lingering light snow this morning for a few areas. The best chance of seeing this is across the far southern and southeastern counties of the state:
A seasonal brand of cold is with us to start the week, with a big system lurking for the end of the week. Sandwiched in between is a sneaky little system that may try to bring rain and snow in here at some point Wednesday:
That’s the European Model and that action is on the leading edge of some milder air pushing in ahead of the big rain and wind maker late Thursday through Saturday. This comes via a monster upper level low that will likely spin overhead. This is a setup that has the potential to go from thunderstorms to snowflakes:
The overall pattern for the week ahead SHOULD be very mild, given the setup across North America. One way you know when you’re in for a good winter is when cold still finds a way to show up in these types of patterns, like what we are seeing on the above maps.
Things remain super active into the following week as mild air starts to get pushed around. Watch how the Ensembles go toward a deepening trough during this time:
See those higher heights starting to pop around Alaska toward the North Pole? That blocking then tries to really get established Christmas week. Look at that thumb ridge going up in those same areas in the days leading up to Christmas:
If you want the potential for a white Christmas, you want a hemispheric pattern similar to the one above.
Have a great Monday and take care.