As expected, temperatures have dipped all the way down to 10° in Draffenville this morning. Combine that with a northerly breeze and wind chill temperatures are a few degrees below zero across much of western Kentucky. Bundle up for the morning commute!
The cold weather will stick around today despite the appearance of the sun. The HRRR model suggests temperatures will be lucky to get out of the teens. However, I’m forecasting a high right at 20° this afternoon.
The bitter area of high pressure that’s leading to the cold conditions will stick around and meander to the east some overnight. This will once again lead to bitterly cold temperatures tonight. Lows will once again drop into the low to mid teens. The Hi-Res NAM suggests we drop to around 14°, which seems reasonable.
The area of high pressure will continue to slowly move east on Thursday. This will lead to a moderation in temperatures as highs are expected to top out around freezing under partly cloudy skies. That certainly beats low 20s I guess!
Partly cloudy skies will lead to Thursday night and Friday morning temperatures in the low 20s.
“Warmth” Returns Friday
A bit of a “warm up” may occur on Friday. An area of low pressure well to the north of the region may shift winds out of the south Friday morning. This may lead to highs in the mid 30s.
The cold will stick around for a while. This may lead to chance of light snow Saturday evening and into Sunday. Accumulations, if any, will be light as the air will be quite cold and dry.
A return to lows around 10° or even in the single digits may be in the cards to ring in the New Year. If we dip into single digits next week, it will be the first time since January 8th, 2017. The European model says we drop all the way around 5° New Year’s morning!
That should wrap up this forecast. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a warm day!
-Meteorologist Jacob Wilkins