Quiet & Mild Now... But Strong Storms 2 Days Away

Quiet & Mild Now... But Strong Storms 2 Days Away

The week is beginning on a dry, mild note as a weak cold front silently crosses Kentucky. Stronger t-storms will arrive at midweek.
Monday, February 27, 2012: Quiet Start to Week, But Strong to Severe Storms 2 Days Away

Good Monday morning, everybody.  If you missed it, you may want to check out Lauren Jones's post about the moon, Venus and Jupiter, all visible in a very similar part of the sky.

To bring things a little closer to earth, the atmosphere above Kentucky will be a little quieter as we kick off the work week.  There is a weak cold front on our doorstep, in Indiana and Illinois, and it will sweep through Kentucky today, but there isn't much moisture available for anything beyond a few clouds.  We'll stay dry with highs near 58 today.

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We'll stay dry tonight under partly cloudy skies.  Lows will dip down to 31°, so some frost will be out there once again.

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A stronger storm system will make national news on Tuesday into Wednesday with heavy snow and near-blizzard conditions across the upper Midwest.  We will find ourselves on the southern side of the storm track, so we'll warm up to near 60° on Tuesday.  Clouds will thicken as we move through the day.  On Tuesday evening, a few showers or even a thunderstorm or two will become more likely, initially to the west, then also across eastern Kentucky overnight.  The severe threat on Tuesday and Tuesday evening is primarily in western Kentucky, and out across the Ozarks.

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As the strong cold front draws near at midweek, a stronger, more widespread round of showers and thunderstorms will pack a punch on Wednesday.  Strong straight-line winds, large hail and potentially an isolated tornado or two will be possble across central and eastern Kentucky, especially on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

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Stay tuned!  Until the storms roll in, enjoy the pleasant weather here in the final days of meteorological winter.

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Geoff

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