Good Christmas Eve's Eve folks! I hope your day is going well. I just wanted to make an updated blog today to reflect a couple of changes for different parts of the local area (so be sure to locate your area on these updates). All information is valid as of 4 PM this afternoon.
***This Evening / Wind Advisory***
- First, it looks like those gusty winds will continue throughout the evening hours for most of the local region. So far winds have been staying below the criteria for a Wind Advisory to be issued, but NWS has just issued a Wind Advisory to be in effect from 9 PM tonight through 4 AM tomorrow morning.
- These winds will strengthen as the front moves in tonight. Winds will be moving West to East through the area.
- A Wind Advisory means that wind gusts of over 40 mph are expected. If you are having to travel on the interstates or parkways in a high profile vehicle, be sure to use extreme caution as these winds can make travel hazardous.
***Forecast Discussion for Adair, Boyle, Casey, Taylor, Russell, counties***
- For the counties more centralized in the South Central area, rain has already developed as we head into your evening.
- As the evening goes on, showers will continue to move into the area as this front works its way through. As the transition from rain to snow occurs, we do have the chance of seeing some freezing rain in the mix.
- The transition of snow will be more for Thursday afternoon.
- Per NWS, given the timing & low confidence of potential impacts, any winter weather advisory or other headlines, are being held off on being issued.
- Other than widespread snow showers, we will continue to see scattered flurries throughout the day Thursday & into Christmas morning/afternoon.
***Winter Weather Advisory - Pulaski & counties North, East, & South***
- The National Weather Service (NWS), has issued a Winter Weather Advisory currently for only part of the local area which includes the counties of Fleming, Montgomery, Bath, Rowan, Estill, Powell, Menifee, Rockcastle, Jackson, Pulaski, Laurel, Wayne, McCreary, & Whitley.
- This advisory will take effect from 11 AM Thursday & last through 7 AM Friday. The counties listed above are currently in the 1-3" forecasted snow totals area.
- Temperatures will drop below freezing very quickly Thursday afternoon & evening, which will result in any wet surface freezing.
- Travel is forecasted to be difficult within the mentioned vicinity Thursday evening into early Friday morning.
- Snowfall amounts remain uncertain, locally it is currently ranging from a dusting up to 1".
- Generally speaking across the state, 1-2" of snow is possible in areas with the highest potential East of I-75. Areas West around the I-65 corridor, are likely to see less than 1".
- Temperatures will drop below freezing overnight on Thursday into Friday morning across the area & remain below freezing into your Christmas Day on Friday.
- Factoring in the wind chill for Thursday night, it will feel more like the single digits as well. Use caution as any wet surface will freeze over with these types of temperatures.
- We will see temperatures warm back up on Saturday with highs around 40.
Tonight - 100% Showers; Mostly Cloudy; Breezy with wind gusts up to 33 mph; Lows in the mid 30s.
Christmas Eve - 90% Rain/Snow; Breezy with wind gusts up to 21 mph; Temps will fall around the mid 20s; Little to no ice accumulation expected; New snow accumulation of less than 1" is possible.
Thursday Night - 30% Snow Showers/Flurries; Cloudy; Breezy with wind gusts up to 22 mph; Lows in the mid teens with wind chill values at 6 degrees.
Christmas - Scattered flurries; Partly Sunny; Highs in the low 20s with wind chill values at 4 degrees.
Friday Night - Mostly Clear; Lows in the mid teens.
Saturday - Sunny; Highs around 40.
Saturday Night - Mostly Clear; Lows in the mid 20s.
Sunday - Mostly Sunny; Highs around 50.
Sunday Night - 30% Showers; Mostly Cloudy; Lows in the low to mid 30s.
Monday - 20% Showers; Mostly Cloudy; Highs in the mid 40s.
Monday Night - Partly Cloudy; Lows in the mid 20s.
Tuesday - Mostly Sunny; Highs in the low 40s.
Tuesday Night - Mostly Cloudy; Lows in the upper 20s.
I know this has been a bit lengthy compared to the other blogs I share, I just want to be sure you all have a good understanding of what is forecasted. As always the forecast is subject to change.
Thanks for reading & sharing! I will update if there are any major changes.