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Big warm up before the Christmas crash

Christmas Eve storm
Posted at 6:22 AM, Dec 22, 2020

Things are starting on a relatively quiet note with cold temperatures and variable cloud coverage. We had enough clearing in most areas to view the Saturn/Jupiter conjunction yesterday evening, then clouds moved back in as a trough of low pressure is moving overhead. Regardless of cloud coverage, temperatures are starting on a cold note. We have temperatures running in the upper 30s and low 40s across Kentucky.Skies are cloudy as of now, but as higher pressure moves in, we will see clearing through the day today. Sunshine will return to Kentucky for Tuesday afternoon.

We will keep skies clear into Wednesday allowing temperatures to drop down to freezing. Wednesday will be breezy with morning sunshine and clouds increasing ahead of the Christmas Eve storm. Showers will arrive in the afternoon and evening as rain, due to temperatures warming into the middle 50s. Rain will become widespread and heavy at times early Christmas Eve morning. Cold air will wrap in through the day and rain will start changing over to snow. Amounts will be highest in the eastern counties, especially as the sun sets and temperatures cool further. All widespread snow wraps up around midnight for all Kentucky counties. Flurries or light snow showers will continue into Christmas day morning. Temperatures will run cold barely making the mid-20s on Christmas day afternoon.