Jim Caldwell’s Forecast | Cold blast could keeps highs just a few degrees above freezing

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Temperatures are going to be on a wild ride from today through Saturday.

We have the potential to see the coldest high of the season. Well... at least tie what we’ve seen so far. Remember that cold shot right before Halloween? Highs in Lexington came in at 39 degrees. Before that, March 15th was the last time we had a 30-39 degree high. It was 36 on that day! March and April can both bring big time cold shots as we are in the transitional months. It just warmed up this year after that point. It took from March 15th to October 29th to get another day to just max out in the 30s. That just better than 7 months between the two. Now, we are roughly a week and a half between the two. Signs of the season my friends!

A monster push of cold air will be invading New England late this week and into the weekend. In Kentucky, we get just a taste of the cold airmass. You can track the cold air straight out of Canada and right into the US. Out a head of it, we see a brief 50-55 degree high temperature range. This comes during the afternoon hours here in Kentucky. However, this front will drop in quickly from our northwest skies. By early Friday morning you will see lows in the mid 20s with wind chill readings that will hover around the mid and upper teens.

Winds will keep whipping around through the day on Friday. The impacts of this front will be more about the wind and cold than the rain/snow. Highs barely recover on Friday afternoon. Some of us will only see upper 30s and others keep low 40s. By the time thousands of people make their way to playoff football games on Friday night... it will be downright COLD. Those wind chill numbers at that time will run in the teens again.

Saturday will feature a warm front drifting into our area. It’s out ahead of another system that brings chilly rains for Sunday. There might be just enough warmth to push to right around 50. It all depends on how cold it really can get on Friday. We see the numbers, but sometimes that cold doesn’t want to budge as easily as models suggest. Either way, it will feature at least highs in the 40s.

Bundle up!

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