Well....so much for a quiet winter! Thought I'd send out a quick update. As you're probably well aware at this point, the weather pattern takes a turn for the worse over the next week. It all starts tonight and into tomorrow (1/11) with extremely high winds in place.
In a quick overview, an area of low pressure, currently out in Texas, will intensify as it heads northeast into the Ohio Valley. Showers will start pushing into Western KY late tonight and eventually spread across the rest of the state through the morning and afternoon hours. All told, the highest accumulations will likely be across Western KY, in the 1-2 inch range (image above). Those numbers diminish as one moves east across the state, staying under a half inch for most of Eastern KY. Looking at the snow forecast, the latest model runs are hinting at little in the way of snow activity on the backside of the system. Most should see little to no accumulations.
The much bigger story tomorrow will be the WIND. If you thought it was windy on Tuesday, that was just an appetizer. The strength of this low-pressure system is pretty impressive and will result in 40 to 60 mph wind gusts at times throughout the day. Below is a look at the most current warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service as of 7 PM on Thursday. Most of the state is under a Wind Advisory, although Western KY and a couple of counties in SE KY have been upgraded to a High Wind Warning. Don't count it out that you see some upgrades of those advisories, either!
Take caution if out and about tomorrow as downed trees and powerlines will be in play. Power outages will definitely be on the table. In addition, this would be a good time to keep those semis parked! In the end, this system isn't necessarily that different from the March 3rd windstorm last year, but don't look for wind gusts quite that high.