National Weather Service predicts colder than normal winter in Kentucky

West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative offers tips to save energy

Dec. 20, 2018 -- Bundle up, Kentucky. Forecasters are predicting a colder than normal winter for much of the state after a colder than normal November.

West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative is encouraging our members to be aware of their energy use and take steps to help manage electric bills, which may also be higher than normal as a result of increased usage.

In the National Weather Service’s official Three-Month Outlook released on Thursday, Kentucky and several surrounding states are shown to have a higher likelihood of below normal temperatures. The temperature probability is a forecast for January, February and March.

weather20181220According to Sean Poulos, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Paducah, the chances of a colder than normal winter increases from west to east across Kentucky.

This comes after a November cold snap in Kentucky, including ten November days with temperatures at least ten degrees below normal. National Weather Service records also show that the Kentucky cold snap extended into the first ten days of December.

As WKRECC members heated their homes and spent more time indoors over the cold Thanksgiving holiday, energy usage increased, resulting in higher than typical bills.

Members are encouraged to use WKRECC’s online tool “My Power,” to understand and monitor electricity usage and set up usage alerts to help plan for upcoming bills. Learn more at WKRECC also offers a Residential Energy Advisor to help members identify ways to make their homes more energy efficient. Call-1-877-495-7322 to set up an appointment.