March comes in like a lamb…..so far

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SUMMARY

Expect cloudy skies today, with showers moving in by this evening. Rainfall amounts should be light with this system, averaging around 1/4-1/2 inch. Those showers may try to stick around through Tuesday morning, but we should see that activity come to an end  by noon, and we may even see some sun by afternoon.  By Tuesday night, another weak system will swing through and we should be cold enough for a light rain/snow mix Wednesday morning. The precip will be very light, so I don’t expect any major problems out of this. Yet another weak system swings through Thursday morning, bringing another shot of light snow, especially north of I-40.  This precip also looks light and impacts from both these systems should be on the low end of the scale (if any at all). Partly sunny skies return Friday, ahead of our next rain maker arriving Saturday.

DISCUSSION

Remember back when I told you winter would be back? At least we’re not looking at any bitter cold, arctic outbreaks. That would be terrible on the budding vegetation. So far, it’s not been quite cold enough to significantly damage any vegetation, at least as far as I can tell.  Those mid 20s that are coming this week might bite ’em a little bit, but that’s still not cold enough to significantly damage things.

So, everybody always wants to know how much it will snow. And, as is always the case, that is a tricky question to answer for this part of the country. I don’t foresee us having any major issues this week, but we all know it only takes a flake of snow to cause problems here. The rain/snow mix Wednesday morning looks to be so light that I don’t think we’ll have any impacts from that. If we do, they would be low-end impacts. The system Thursday morning has the most potential for impacts, though that looks tricky for us here in Cumberland County because the main slug of moisture looks like it will slide across southeast Kentucky and northern Fentress County. However, should some of that slide this way, as we think it will, we should see some light snow Thursday morning. I wouldn’t be surprised to see things get a little white. This is only Monday and a LOT can change between now and Thursday, so stay tuned.

Our morning low here at weatherTAP this morning was 36.4 degrees and was recorded at 2:13 A.M.  We’re currently at 45 and, with clouds around, we’ll struggle to get too much warmer.

Did you think this morning was chilly? Well, if it were 1960 you’d be really freezing your tail off! (ha) On the morning of March 5, 1960 Crossville’s all-time record low for March was set when he dropped all the way down to -2 degrees! That is cold, folks! And when you get that cold in March, you’re bound to be heading for some snow. And boy were we setting the stage for a whopper! I’ll have more on that in the coming days….

One thing that many of you may like about these cooler days is that our severe weather chances are super low. Looking ahead, the outlook for the next ten days indicates below normal temps will stick around. That means there may be a couple more chances to see some snow flakes…..

Temperature outlook through March 18.

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I’ll have more on my incredible trip to the Kennedy Space Center tomorrow.

You all have a great day!

 

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