Sunday, December 29, 2013

Out with the Rain... In with the Cold!

The sun is currently shinning hear in south-central Kentucky after clouds and rain moved in yesterday afternoon and lingered through the night and into the morning hours. Around a half inch of rain was common across Warren County; the airport in Bowling Green picked up 0.47". The storm system which brought in the rain is now moving along the east coast and is taking all the gloomy weather along with it. No real cold air is moving in immediately behind the system making for a fairly nice early afternoon across the areas with temperatures rising into the low 50s. This is actually 5-10 degrees above average for this date. Don't get used to the warmer temperatures however because a front is quickly approaching from the northwest and behind it is much colder air. Clouds from the front will begin moving in during the next few hours and cold air will be filtering in. There could be some light drizzle or even a snow flurry overnight into tomorrow morning but certainly precipitation, if any, should be very light with no impacts expected. By tomorrow morning temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 20s and highs will only climb to the mid 30s tomorrow afternoon under mostly cloudy skies.

Colder air will be filtering in tonight behind a cold front which is moving through the Ohio Valley. Meanwhile the system that brought the overnight rain is exiting to the northeast.
By tomorrow evening into the overnight hours, skies should begin to clear. Mostly sunny skies are expected for the final day of 2013 which should allow temperatures to rise into the low 40s after a cold start in the low 20s. In fact, the quite weather should continue into the start of 2014 as temperatures remain in the 40s for highs on Wednesday. The next weather maker will approach Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning. Precipitation looks possible as a disturbance moves in from the northwest. The depth and strength of the disturbance remains a question mark and thus the confidence in precipitation at this time remains low. These factors will also play a role in determining precipitation type. If the system moves to our north (and it should) and becomes more intense (remains questionable) warmer air will be drawn up from the south into our area thus creating better chances for precipitation in the from of primarily rain possibly switching to and ending as light snow early Thursday. In either scenario, precipitation, no matter the type, will be light (if any at all) and no impacts are expected at this time. Of course, with the system still being several days away, the forecast is subject to change and the system will be monitored for any greater impacts. The system will quickly depart Thursday morning and another round of cold air will filter in to end the week.

Daily Forecasts:

Tonight: Cloudy skies with a chance of light drizzle or even a flurry. Northwest winds at 5 -10 mph. Turning colder with a low near 26.

Monday: Cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with a few flurries slightly possible before noon. Chilly with a high around 35 and winds north to northwest at 3 - 8 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy skies early becoming partly to mostly clear by morning and cold with a low near 22.

New Year's Eve (Tuesday): Mostly sunny skies and cool with a high near 41. West winds from 4 - 10 mph.

New Year's Eve Night: Mostly clear skies with a low around 26. Light and variable winds.

New Year's Day (Wednesday): Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy during the evening. High near 48. Southerly winds a 4 - 10 mph.

New Year's Day Night: 30% chance of light rain or snow; otherwise cloudy with a low around 32.

Thursday: 30% chance of light rain or snow early. Cloudy skies will become partly cloudy by afternoon. Cold with a high around 34.

Forecaster: Ryan Difani

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