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January 1, 2014

Brrr... Cold spell predicted next week

Arctic blast may bring rain & snow

Somerset —

 
Shades of Januarys past. Global warming advocates take cover!
It’s cold already and going to get colder. Snow may be falling as you read this. However, what we’re experiencing now is almost balmy compared to just around the corner. Some of the coldest weather in years is expected to descend on the Lake Cumberland area early next week.
Jane Marie Wix, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Jackson, said an Arctic air mass, currently hovering over northern Canada, is moving south toward the continental United States. It is expected to arrive Sunday.
That’s next week. The future is now. A windy cold front, bringing rain changing to snow, is expected to drop temperatures into the 20s late today and into the low teens tonight. Up to an inch of snow may be on the ground by Friday morning, and high temperatures on Friday won’t get out of the 20s.
After a brief recovery early Sunday with temperatures warming into the 40s, the aforementioned Arctic front will start settling in Sunday afternoon, Wix said. 
That’s the bad boy. Arctic air is bitter, harsh cold. This area may have the coldest temperatures since the mid-1990s Monday through Wednesday next week.
Rain accompanying the Arctic blast will change to snow Sunday afternoon and there “definitely will be snow (accumulation) Sunday night,” Wix predicted.
How much snow is still a question. The weather disturbance at this point appears to have a potential to drop 1 to 5 inches of snow, the farther east the deeper, Wix said. More precise snow totals will be indicated as the exact path of the low pressure system is determined.
Sunday night’s low in the 20s will go no higher on Monday, Wix said. Temperatures will plunge into the single digits to near zero Monday night. Highs next Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the teens with lows near zero, the meteorologist predicted.

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