Monday, January 27, 2014

Frigid Temperatures Return

It was an excellent day on Sunday across south-central Kentucky as we rose to a high of 60 today under mostly sunny skies. It was certainly windy at times with gusts as high as 36 mph reported at the Bowling Green airport. I hope you enjoyed it because change is on its way.

An arctic front is currently (midnight Sunday night) located from the Great Lakes down into Arkansas and it's quickly moving in our direction. The front should pass through by 3am and could be accompanied by a light shower or after temperatures cool enough a snow shower. Any precipitation that falls will be very light and most locations likely will not see anything at all.

Winds could be gusty as the front moves through with gusts 30 mph+ possible.

A cold front is passing through Kentucky overnight Sunday. A few isolated light showers/snow showers could occur along and behind the front but the real story is another round of very cold temperatures that will move in by Monday.
The the plunge will concur behind the frontal passage and will return us to the kind of weather we should be quite accustom too by now. By morning temperatures will be falling through the low 20s down into the upper teens. During the day, temperatures will struggle to warm as we may only manage to reach a daytime high in the upper teens.

Breezy northwest winds Monday morning will create wind chills down into the single digits. Meanwhile skies will remain mostly cloudy throughout the day. This combined with the cold breezy conditions will certainly get the week off to a rough start.

Conditions Monday night through Wednesday will remain much the same with very cold temperatures. Both Monday and Tuesday night temperatures will fall into the low single digits and some locations in the area may even fall down to 0. Tuesday will be another mostly cloudy day before skies finally begin to clear overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Certainly take the typical cold weather precautions as have been advised over the past couple weeks including bringing pets indoors and leaving a light trickle or drip in water facets to prevent pipes from freezing. And of course, dress warmly!

The weather pattern will begin to change somewhat as we move from Wednesday into the end of the week. Southerly winds around a surface high pressure will allow for some moderation in temperatures by Thursday and into the late week/weekend we could see a system bring in some rain to the area.

Daily Forecasts:

Monday: Mostly cloudy and cold, could be a few scattered flurries. Temperatures will drop to around 16 during the morning with a daytime high around 18. Temperatures will drop into the low teens by the afternoon. Breezy northwest winds from 5-12 mph will create wind chills in the single digits to near 0.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy and cold. Low near 4 with wind chills dipping as low as -10. North winds at 5-12 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and cold. High around 16. Northerly winds from 3-8 mph. Wind chills from -5 to 10.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy and cold with a low near 5. Winds will be light to calm.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and slightly warmer with a high near 25. Southwest winds from 3-8 mph.

Thursday: After a cold start near 12 we'll see increasing clouds and warmer temperatures with a high near 41.

Forecaster: Ryan Difani

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