A break in the action, for now

It’s been an interesting couple of days as far as winter weather goes here in south central Kentucky, but it appears we’ll be getting a break from the snow for a few days. Dr. Goodrich summed up the events over the past couple of days best in his latest blog post, but here is a link from the NWS with the current snow depth over the entire forecast region. Travel around Bowling Green and surrounding areas won’t be very fun today, as a combination of the dry and powdery snow that fell last night along with gusty winds out of the west/northwest will create significant blowing snow around the area, reducing visibilities at times quite dramatically. The temperature will not rise any higher than it is right now, as the winds will slowly drop our temperature throughout the day until it reaches the mid-teens tonight, with overnight wind chills as low as 10. By midnight, however, the winds should begin to subside as a massive high pressure moves in from the west. This high should provide enough subsidence to break up the clouds somewhat to allow some sunshine during the day on Thursday, along with lighter winds and a high reaching to near the freezing mark.

The next feature to watch out for is a clipper system that will impact our region during the day on Sunday. The GFS shows an intense vorticity max at 500 mb moving from the Plains southeast into our region overnight Saturday, providing us with some light snow throughout the day on Sunday. As with most clipper systems, moisture will be at a premium. But this clipper appears interesting in that the GFS has it progressing very slowly for a typical clipper system, perhaps providing us with some decent snowfall. Early model indications are predicting about 1 to 3 inches for Bowling Green by Sunday night.

Check back on Friday for an update on this weekend storm.

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