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Mild Today, But Cold Fronts Are On Their Way

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Updated: 1/06/2012 11:21 am
Friday, January 6, 2012:  Mild Today, But A Series of Cold Fronts Will Arrive in Days Ahead

Good Friday morning, folks!  We're getting a nice spring preview today, with temperatures currently running about 15 degrees above average across central and eastern Kentucky late this morning, and we'll climb well into the upper 50s this afternoon as sunshine combines with an active breeze from the southwest. 

Take a look at the late morning departure-from-normal-temperature map.  We may be warm, but our neighbors to the west in the Plains are running WAY above average.  More than 300 record highs were set yesterday across the central and west-central US.


Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology


A few clouds will arrive late from Indiana and Ohio, but they won't thicken up until the overnight hours as a cold front draws near. 

The front will not have much moisture to work with across the Ohio Valley, with only a little more in the way of fuel for showers in southern Kentucky.  The front should cross the Bluegrass Region dry.  Some scattered showers will develop toward the pre-dawn hours to the south of I-64, though, and these will likely continue into Saturday morning in southern and southeastern Kentucky.

Rainfall amounts in southern Kentucky will be light.  Here's the latest WRF forecast for tonight's and early tomorrow morning's rain.


Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology


A series of weak disturbances will continue to slide across Tennessee and southern Kentucky through the end of the weekend and into early next week as the early-weekend front stalls just south of the Bluegrass.  Shower chances will continue in southern Kentucky, and it isn't out of the question that a few snowflakes may mix with the showers early on Monday. 


A much more significant disturbance will arrive at the middle of next week, producing widespread, soaking rain to the entire area.  This will be a game-changer, as it will deliver the big push of cold air that we have been talking about on the blog in recent posts for the end of next week.  Behind the front, cold air will plunge into Kentucky on Thursday, and scattered snow showers will break out across the area once again.




Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology

 
Enjoy this warm weather while we have it, because it will feel a lot more like the dead of winter in less than a week.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by the blog.

Geoff

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