Last week was quite the week for record-breaking cold and snow, as well as icing, flooding, and significant rain totals to finish up the weekend. To recap on some of the memorable events last week, Bowling Green received 9.6 inches of snow after the snow event on Monday, February 16th. The last time Bowling Green saw this much snow was March of 1968. Low temperatures broke records with -7 degrees on Thursday, February 19th and -4 degrees on Friday, February 20th. After additional accumulations of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain Friday through Sunday, the 2-day total for precipitation amounts for Bowling Green were around 2.5 inches, not including the already existing snow pack.
The jet streams have been in a very active pattern for the last few weeks and look to continue on this way for the foreseeable future. The 250mb winds, with North America positioned at the bottom center of the globe, show a meridional pattern over most of the northern hemisphere. As long as the jet streams remain in this pattern, we should continue to see interesting weather.
As for the weather this week, we have another upper-level trough swinging through bringing more arctic air into the region. A high pressure system will move across the Ohio Valley region during the early part of the week, meaning we should see more sunshine and calm conditions. The NAM Surface Map for Monday morning shows this high pressure system off to the west and northerly winds in our area.
Fortunately, it looks as if this week will be nothing like last week in terms of precipitation, however, we can’t seem to shake the cold. So bundle up and check back later in the week for an update on the weekend!
Bowling Green’s 5-Day Forecast
- Tonight: Cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values as low as 1. North wind 8 to 11 mph.
- Monday: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as 1. North wind 7 to 11 mph.
- Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.
- Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Wind chill values as low as 6. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
- Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind 3 to 7 mph.
- Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.
- Wednesday Night: Scattered flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.
- Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.
- Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.