Last day of warmth before temperatures start to drop

Alex Hayes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A cold front headed our way late Saturday night out of the northwest, combined with a high pressure system to the southeast will make for one windy afternoon Saturday!

Ahead of the front Saturday, wind speeds will be consistently between 15-20mph out of the southwest, with stronger gusts reaching 30mph and even 35mph in some areas. With the southerly wind come more seasonable-like temperatures Saturday afternoon. For most places, highs will be in the upper 40s/low 50s.

The cold front should arrive to western Kentucky shortly after Midnight and filter into the eastern zones through early Sunday morning. Once the front arrives wind should take a chill pill with temperatures gradually cooling into the lower 30s by Sunday morning.

Not expecting any rain with this cold front, just a few low clouds, but for the most part we’re staying dry and clear through Sunday morning.

The big talker for this week is a huge “shock-to-the-system” drop in temperatures set to arrive Tuesday and Wednesday. The build up to this “arctic blast” starts Monday night. A trough of low pressure will scoot east of us Monday night, bringing some pretty chilly temps to the region.

There’s a slight chance some areas could get a taste of a few snowflakes Monday night. Right now, it doesn’t look like an accumulating event but it’s still far out to make a definite call.

But the real cold weather arrives Tuesday, as highs stay in the teens through the afternoon. Areas with light wind and little cloud cover, will deal with the coldest temperatures, but where there’s breezy wind comes dangerously low wind chill values.

With the potentially record setting cold air, comes the chance for a few wintry mix events, the first being Wednesday. A shortwave trough could bring us the chance for a light blanket of snow into Thursday, but after that things will warm back up and any snow will make the conversion back into rain.

The warming trend starting Thursday will take highs back into the upper 30s. With warmer air settling over the region, snow chances turn to back to rain through the weekend, with Friday looking to be the biggest chance for a few showers.

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