Chris Johnson's Forecast | Beautiful weekend continues, winter arrives next week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - What a beautiful start to the weekend it was. Mostly sunny skies dominated the region today with pleasant highs in the mid-upper 50's. If you enjoyed today's weather, then you'll really like what's ahead for Sunday. In fact, look for a carbon copy day with highs just a touch warmer. Readings top out in the upper 50's and low 60's while making for an excellent day in early December.

Hopefully you can enjoy the nice weather while it last, big time changes are on the way as we tackle the upcoming work week. Monday will offer mainly dry conditions throughout the day but wind gusts up to 30-40 mph will be possible with some late day rain chances. Highs will be warm with temperatures in the mid 60's. Meanwhile, a strong cold front will gather some steam out west before rolling into town late Monday night and into Tuesday.

As this happens, a few showers become possible late, but a bulk of the heavier rain and a few storms arrive Tuesday morning. Temperatures early on will be fairly mild with readings in the 50's and 60's. By the afternoon hours, thermometers quickly fall into the low 50's before tanking into the low 30's Tuesday night. The cold air on the backside of this front could allow a few snowflakes to fly by early Wednesday morning, especially for far eastern Kentucky. The good news is, no major impacts snow-wise are expected.

The cold, arctic air will then filter late-week. Highs fall into the upper 20's and low 30's with overnight lows dropping into the teens. Several disturbances sliding in from the northwest will bring the threat for light snows across the state. The cold and snowy trend looks to stick around into next weekend.