Winter temperatures continue, incoming system arrives this weekend

(WYMT) - Windy conditions and cold temperatures continue throughout the evening hours and into Thursday. Look for a cold night in the mountains tonight. Let's discuss the next few days, including that weekend system.

Tonight
Skies will stay partly cloudy tonight with a stray flurry chance, mainly east. Look for lows to drop down into the upper teens to lower 20s tonight. It will be a cold one with winds out of the NW 5-10 mph with gusts of 20 plus.

Thursday and Friday
High pressure will be the name of the game for both Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will stay super cold though, with highs on Thursday only right around freezing. Friday will be a little warmer, getting into the upper 30s.

Both days will feature sunshine during the day. While Thursday night looks clear, we'll start to pick up more clouds on Friday as the next system approaches. Lows will be in the upper teens on Thursday night and right around 30 with cloud cover on Friday night.

Weekend System
It's time to watch the models even more. As we head into Saturday morning, confidence is increasing in snow falling early Saturday. However, the low-pressure system looks to bring a transition to rain throughout the day on Saturday. That means that travel problems and slick spots will be mainly contained for Saturday morning. 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. We will start out in the upper 20s on Saturday but climb into the mid-upper 30s by Saturday afternoon. A changeover to rain is expected but the question is, where? This is something we still do not know.

That rain/snow line is expected to slide back south sometime Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Once again, placement is unknown at this time. Models like the idea of lows in the lower 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 mid-upper 20s.

Due to this, another snow chance is looking likely for Sunday night and into Monday morning. Once again, we don't know many details at this time.

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.



 
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