Wednesday, January 4, 2012: Snow Cover Update, Recovering From the Cold, Saturday Outlook
Good Wednesday morning, folks. I will keep this brief as I'm running out the door for a hair cut very soon.
It'll be a MILDER afternoon, as the big warm-up begins here in Kentucky. We were in the teens very early this morning, but we climbed into the low-mid 20s in the Bluegrass Region as the sun rose. An active wind from the southwest will boost us back to near normal today, peaking around 41 degrees this afternoon. We'll be in the lower 50s on Friday afternoon!
Here's a look at the 24-hour temperature change. You'll notice that the East Coast has plunged quite a bit from Tuesday morning to this morning. However, areas to our west are warmer now than they were 24 hours ago. Our warm-up is almost here.
Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology
As the recent round of lake effect and northwest flow snow winds down, about 20% of the continental US is now snow-covered. This includes some light snow cover in parts of eastern and east-central Kentucky.
After three dry days, we'll still likely see some scattered, light rain showers on Saturday, although the computer models are suppressing and weakening that storm system with each model run. The European model is now the most aggressive with precipitation, and even that keeps most of the relatively light rain showers in the southern half to southern two-thirds of Kentucky on Saturday.
Have a great day, and enjoy the return to more typical Kentucky temperatures!