Cloudy with occasional rain showers this morning.
A WET CHRISTMAS EVE:
Today will bring a few showers early in the day but the afternoon will be mostly cloudy, mild and dry. Temperatures will climb once again into the low to mid 50s. Tonight, Santa will have no trouble getting into South Central Kentucky as there will be a mostly cloudy sky and temperatures falling into the mid 30s.
Christmas Day will begin dry but by afternoon, more scattered rain showers will be possible. A deep low pressure system will move through the Dixie states bringing an outbreak of severe storms and possible tornadoes while Wintry weather will begin over parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Back in our region, temperatures look to be too warm for any snow but we will see heavy rainfall into Tuesday night as readings hold in the mid 40s.
As that deep low moves through Kentucky, we will be on the warmer side of the storm which means we will see mostly rain to start the day after Christmas. It appears that areas north and west of the Ohio River stand the best chance of receiving heavier snow while lighter amounts may occur around the Bowling Green area. The track of this system could also impact holiday travel plans over a rather large area – especially if you’re traveling to Detroit to see WKU play in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl. Stay connected to WBKO, WBKO.com and @WBKO_Weather on twitter and facebook for the latest.
CHRISTMAS EVE DAY:
AM Showers, then Partial Clearing… High 53, winds NW-5
Precip Ch. 30% – Rain Amount 0.15″
Mainly Cloudy and Cooler…Low 33, winds Calm
Cloudy & Breezy, Ch. of Afternoon Showers…High 44, winds NE-12
Precip Ch. 30% – Rain Amount 0.10″
FLOOD WATCH in effect through Tuesday for Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Metcalfe, Monroe and Russell counties in Kentucky…Clay, Macon and Sumner counties in Tennessee
Periods of rain – sometimes heavy – will move through the region this morning. There may also be a rumble of thunder but no severe storms are expected.
RAINY START TO THE WEEK:
A cold front – along with an area of low pressure over Texas – will bring a soaking rain to the area today. The Lake Cumberland region stands to see the highest rainfall totals of 2-4″ possible before ending on Tuesday. Cooler air will be drawn down behind passage of the cold front with readings some 10-15° below average (82°).
Wednesday will be sunny but pretty cool with highs only in the upper 60s to near 70° and overnight lows diving into the low to mid 40s! We will warm up a bit Thursday and Friday but another Fall-like system moves in Friday night into Saturday with a chance of showers and another fall in temperatures.
Periods of Rain and Cool…High 73, winds S-7
Precip Ch. 80% – Rain Amount .50-.75″
Periods of Rain, Heavy at times…Low 61, winds NW-5
Precip Ch. 80% – Rain Amount .50-1.00″
Cool Breezes with Periods of Rain…High 68, winds NW-12
Precip Ch. 60% – Rain Amount .25-.50″
5-Day Rainfall Forecast shows 1-2"+ over Southern Kentucky
Mainly clear this morning with a few high clouds at times. A few areas may see some patchy fog.
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Things quieted down considerably Monday following the strong to severe storms that swept through our area. It will be a cool start today but ample sunshine and light winds will have the afternoon look nice and feel mild. Expect highs to reach the lower 50s.
ANOTHER SYSTEM MOVES IN…
Enjoy today’s great weather as it won’t be long before we’re once again dealing with rain. Our next weathermaker – an area of low pressure moving northeast from out of Texas – sends clouds back into the region early Wednesday. Rain becomes likely late Wednesday and continues into Thursday. Afternoon readings will stay mild, topping out around 50 both days. A separate system – a cold front arriving from the Plains – may bring us a few light rain/snow showers Friday night, but nothing substantial is expected.
Our weather looks quiet and cooler for Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid 40s which is average for this time of year. A slight warmup is expected Monday.
Mostly Sunny and Mild…High 51, winds NW-6
Partly Cloudy and Chilly…Low 32, winds NE-4
Increasing Clouds, Afternoon Rain…High 49, winds NE-6
Precip Chance 60% – Rain Amount .50″
Midday radar tells the story…rain is headed back this way.
An area of low pressure – currently over Texas – will be moving northeast this evening into the Tennessee Valley bringing us a good chance of rain tonight and through the day Tuesday. Rain chances are at 100% both tonight and Tuesday.
Right now, it appears we should begin to see raindrops in Southern Kentucky sometime after 7pm this evening.
While we will see mostly rain across the area Tuesday, there will be a brief period when colder air is drawn in as the low pressure systems moves across Kentucky. During that time, some of the rain may mix with…or change to a wet snow. However, temperature profiles near ground level indicate it still may be too warm for any accumulation. There could be some slushy accumulation of snow on grassy areas and on some less-traveled roadways by Wednesday morning.