High winds kick off the Thanksgiving driving period

Good Tuesday, everyone. We are just about to officially kick off the long Thanksgiving holiday travel period and we will do so with high winds and a few storms. This comes from the first of two big systems to impact the region between now and Sunday.

Let’s talk about this first system then roll forward. Here are some headlines to whet your Thanksgiving appetite:

  • Gusty winds are going to be a problem. Winds may reach 50mph or greater at times tonight and early Wednesday. Batten down the hatches, Captain!
  • Showers and thunderstorms increase from west to east today through early Wednesday. A few strong storms are even possible across western Kentucky.
  • The rain ends from west to east very quickly early Wednesday as the sun makes an appearance. Temps go from the 60s in the morning to the 40s in the afternoon.

The NAM continues to show our high wind potential:

The Storm Prediction Center has far western Kentucky in the low-end risk area for severe storms:

Thanksgiving itself looks to feature a seasonal chill with temps in the 40s and a mostly cloudy sky. Some late showers will try to show up and continue into Black Friday, but this isn’t even close to washout stuff.

The weekend storm continues to be a potent one and will give us the potential for strong storms on Saturday with some snow showing up late Sunday into Monday.

The Canadian Model continues to be the most consistent:

The ICON is almost spot on:

The GFS and EURO keep showing differences from run to run, but aren’t too far from the above models.

The Canadian also keeps seeing the system that tries to follow all that up later next week:

I leave you with your radars to track today’s action:

Make it a terrific Tuesday and take care.

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