Cold day ahead for the mountains, snow possible this weekend

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - It's going to be a frigid wake-up call for most on this Thursday with temps in the low to mid-20s and wind chills making it feel even colder.

Today and Tomorrow
Bundle up this morning as you head out. You'll need the heavy jacket all day. Some cloud cover is still around in spots this morning. That will clear out by mid-morning to sunshine. Even with the sun, temps will only get to right around 30 this afternoon.

Mostly clear skies will be the story tonight and temps once again dive into the low 20s and upper teens.

Friday looks a little better, temperature wise. After that frigid start, we'll see highs climb into the upper 30s for most. Mostly sunny skies will give way to sun and clouds by late day and mostly cloudy skies going into the night.

The later into the night we get, it looks like we'll pick up some chances for snow. Lows will drop into the low 30s.

Weekend System
Snow will continue for part of the morning, which could cause some travel problems early.

As of now, it looks like the snow will transition over to rain as temperatures climb Saturday afternoon. This is when the track of the low-pressure system is going to be important.

If we get a more southern track, the changeover to rain stays further south, meaning more snow for parts of Eastern Kentucky. If the track stays to the north or trends more north, we would then be looking at more rainfall, eliminating any snowfall totals from Saturday morning.

Highs are expected to get into the mid to upper 30s on Saturday in most locations.

That rain/snow line is expected to slide back south sometime Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Just like above, the track of the low is still uncertain and will make all the difference on where that transition line sets up.

Models like the idea of lows in the low to mid-30s on Saturday night and into Sunday morning. As we head into Sunday, our main low-pressure system will weaken. In fact, a stronger low will begin to form to the east.

That will enhance the colder air throughout the day on Sunday. While highs will reach the upper 30s to lower 40s Sunday, lows on Sunday night will drop back down into the upper 20s and low 30s.

Due to this, another snow chance is looking likely for Sunday night and into Monday morning. More on that as we get more data in and get closer.

What We Know
The main impacts at this time look to be early Saturday.
Snow will be the start of this system with rain following sometime Saturday, once again, it depends on temperatures.
The further north you are, the better chances for accumulating snow.
The further south you are, the better the chances for a quicker transition to rain.

What We Don't Know
How long will the air temperatures remain below freezing?
How cold will the ground temperatures be?
The low-pressure track.
Who gets what? How much do they get?
How much warm air surges northward?

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the rest of the week.