We’re starting the day with mostly clear skies for some, while others sit under a low cloud deck. Some areas are lacking safe visibility in the Lakes and Southeast Kentucky regions. Use caution if heading out early this morning. A DENSE FOG ADVISORY is in effect for most of Central and Eastern Kentucky through 9:00 a.m. Otherwise, it’s cloudy and cold with most temperatures near but a little above freezing. Precipitation is lacking in most locations, although drizzle or mist under the cloud deck is possible.
The first day of winter will feature a mixture of sun and clouds as a reinforcing cold front moves through. The first front happened over the weekend, bringing rain showers through early Sunday morning. This second front will be on the weak side but will still have enough moisture to squeeze out a few light rain or drizzle showers, mostly in the afternoon. Due to the front, wind is already starting to pick up, but will be breezy this afternoon with gusts potentially up to 40 mph. Tuesday will be an all-day break from action before we turn the full focus on the incoming Christmas storm system. Wednesday will also be mostly dry, but rain showers are expected to arrive that evening. Rain will continue, heavy at times, overnight into Christmas Eve morning and afternoon. As cold air arrives behind the front, rain will change over to snow. This will happen between the afternoon and late evening hours on Christmas Eve. The main line of snow looks to clear the state around the time we move into Christmas Day. As of now, it looks like there will be some accumulation, with the highest amounts falling in counties east of I-75. Temperatures will drop from the middle 50s on Wednesday to the middle 20s on Friday as the bottom drops out. Expect a cold start to the weekend after Christmas.