Somebody turn up the heat because its cold outside! The coldest air so far this season has arrived to south-central Kentucky after three pushes of cold air have moved in this past week. The cold air along with a weak disturbance moving over the Ohio Valley allowed some locations across northern Kentucky to see some sleet and snow this morning. There will be no snow here in south-central Kentucky but the ground may be solid white by morning. With an upper-level trough and a surface high pressure in place, creating a couple of calm clear nights, you can bet that the temperature is going to drop. A Freeze Warning has been posted for the entire state of Kentucky for Thursday night as temperatures plummet to the mid 20s. Be sure to grab the jacket or maybe even the coat before heading out the door Friday morning.
Temperatures will not warm much Friday despite sunny skies; the high will be around 50. Temperatures will again drop into the upper 20s Friday night/Saturday morning under clear skies. By Saturday winds will switch from the southwest ahead of a very weak disturbance. The southwest winds and sunny skies will allow temperatures to moderate into the low 60s. The weak disturbance will bring a few clouds to the sky by Saturday evening but they should clear by Sunday morning and thus a sunny Sunday with a high near 60 is expected. This is the result of another surface high pressure system moving in behind the weak disturbance.
Looking longer range and into early next week, a warm front should start the week off right allow temperatures to warm to the mid to upper 60s by Monday. Data suggests that 70s will return by Tuesday. The next major storm system is expected around during the midweek time frame.
Friday: A cold start after a morning low near 25. Skies will be sunny but it will be a cool day with a high near 49. Light northwest winds up to 8 mph.
Friday Night: Cold, clear with nearly calm winds and a low around 27.
Saturday: Sunny to start the day with increasing clouds though the afternoon becoming mostly cloudy by evening. Warmer with a high near 62. Southwest winds from 5-15 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly to partly cloudy skies with some clearing by morning. Low around 39. West winds up to 8 mph.
Sunday: Sunshine with a high near 60. West to northwest winds from 5-10 mph.
Sunday Night: Clear skies with clouds increasing by morning however. Low near 39.
Monday: Partly cloudy skies and becoming warmer with a high in the mid to upper 60s.