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December weather system could have spring-like feel to it

Stu Johnson

A December winter storm might often be associated with snowfall. That’s not the case this weekend as the system coming across Kentucky is expected to carry a springlike punch. The National Weather Service is predicting high winds with the possibility of isolated tornadoes and localized flooding.

Louisville Meteorologist Mark Jarvis said a squall line could produce high winds in segments of the system. “No, this isn’t a wall of wind that’s going to be coming through but isolated areas within that squall line would probably be able to see wind gusts of 60, 65 miles an hour, possibly more. And there’s the possibility of quick spin-up tornadoes within that squall line,” said Jarvis.

Jarvis said it appears an area west of Interstate 65 could be at the highest risk for tornadic conditions. The meteorologist noted loose items outside may need to be secured. “We have a lot of people who have holiday decorations up across their yards. It might be a good idea to bring those in as well, because the last storm system that we had move through here Sunday night, we found a lot of Christmas decorations being blown through neighborhoods as those stronger winds came through,” explained Jarvis.

The meteorologist said an overnight storm reinforces the importance of keeping a weather radio around.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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