A rainy morning will give way to a cold afternoon. Temperatures as of 5:30 are likely the warmest they’ll be all day at 58°. The temperature should decrease to around 50° by 9 AM and down to 45° by 2 PM.
Gusty northwest winds will be possible behind the front this morning. This will not only help usher in the colder temperatures, but will also make conditions feel colder than they actually are. Keep in mind to bring the jacket or coat for the evening commute.
The cold will show itself tonight as lows drop to around 30° under mostly clear skies.
The cold will stick around for quite some time. After temperatures start around 30° on Wednesday morning, highs will only climb to right around 50°. Compare that to the 70° we saw yesterday afternoon and it will feel quite chilly, especially given the mostly sunny skies.
Conditions will be a bit colder on Wednesday night, which is typical of the second night after a cold front passage. Temperatures will drop to around 28° under mostly clear skies.
Bitter Cold Thursday
The brunt of the cold will show itself on Thursday. Northwest surface flow will keep temperatures quite cold across the region, warming to only the upper 30s to around 40° by afternoon. According to the Kentucky Mesonet, this could be the coldest high temperature of the Fall season thus far. The NAM model shown below only depicts highs around 36°!
Cold temperatures during the day will mean even colder temperatures during the night. Temperatures are really expected to bottom out in the low to mid 20s, which would put the season low of 23° on November 20th in jeopardy. This low temperature may be around 10° below normal according to the European model.
Snow Still in the Forecast
Snow is still in the forecast for Saturday. A “clipper” system should dive into the region from the northwest. Given the amount of sustained cold, I think some minor accumulations may be possible Saturday morning. There’s a chance temperatures warm above freezing Saturday afternoon before a reinforcing cold front moves in. This will bring even colder conditions to the region next week.
That should wrap up this forecast. Be sure to check out our live weather feed. –@wxornotBG