Thursday, December 18, 2014

Weekend forecast plus a sneak peek at snow chances for next week

Bowling Green experienced a few flurries this morning due to weak isentropic forcing in the upper levels. Much of this precipitation has cleared out of the area but skies will remain mostly cloudy until the late evening hours. The WPC surface analysis shows high pressure situated over most of the eastern U.S., which will keep things relatively calm over the weekend.

A low pressure system to the far south may bring traces of precipitation into the area Friday night into Saturday morning. Temperatures will be low enough that any falling precipitation could become a wintry mix. No accumulation is expected, but early morning travel could be impacted. The sun could decide to break through the clouds late Saturday morning and give us sunny skies for the rest of the weekend. Temperatures will stay in the mid to lower 40s for daytime highs today through Sunday.

Early speculations into next week show that we have a good possibility of seeing snow on Christmas Eve. A cold front will be moving through late Tuesday night into Wednesday, bringing cold arctic air and enough forcing for any moisture in the area to be lifted. GFS surface pressure and precipitation maps show that wrap around snow may occur throughout the day on Wednesday. GFS is forecasting 0.5-1.0 inches of snow by the end of the day on Wednesday, but this is likely to change as we get closer and more accurate model runs.

Keep in mind that this is a week out and much could change within that time. Be sure to check back next week for an update on our snow chances!

Bowling Green's Weekend Forecast:

  • Today: A chance of freezing drizzle and sleet before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 36. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Calm wind.
  • Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
  • Friday Night: Rain and snow possible before midnight, then a chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 33. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
  • Saturday: A chance of rain and snow before noon, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
  • Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.
  • Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
  • Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

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