High winds and heavy rains to end the year

Good Sunday, everybody. 2018 is the wettest year on record, so I suppose it’s appropriate for the year to end with another big rain event. The system moving in for New Year’s Eve will bring the potential for high water and high winds to our region.

Some highlights of the New Year’s Eve storm:

  • Rain moves in Sunday night and will be heavy at times as a warm front lifts northward through the state.
  • Warmer air moves in for Sunday and temps surge into the 60s central and eastern Kentucky.
  • A squall line of showers and thunderstorms will sweep eastward across the state during the afternoon and evening.
  • Heavy rains of 1″-3″ will be possible during this event, especially in the west and central parts of Kentucky.
  • Some, at least, local high water issues will be possible.
  • High winds are going to be a major player and could reach between 50mph and 60mph.
  • Another round of wind damage is possible with this event.

Here’s how this storm looks:

Colder air crashes in behind this with system for New Year’s Day. As northwesterly winds kick in, I can’t rule out some flurries or snow showers late in the day into Wednesday.

The next system to potentially impact our weather would arrive Thursday into Friday. The GFS and new GFS are both well south and develop no storm:

The Canadian continues to throw snow into Kentucky as it is farther north and much more defined with the low:

The Icon Model continues to be farther north with rain and snow:

We still have plenty of time to see which track this storm decides to take. Make it a great day and take care.

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