Cold blasts to start April

Good Friday to one and all. March roared out like a lion, with high winds and severe thunderstorms. Now, it looks as if April is ready to start with a much colder pattern that could bring significant cold shots our way.

Highs Friday will range from the upper 50s to low 60s with a mix of sun and clouds. There’s a small chance of showers, but much of the day looks dry.

Another cold front sweeps in Saturday with a late-day shower. Winds could gust to 40 mph at times, with highs only in the 50s. The air coming in behind that front could mean a hard freeze by Sunday morning:

GFS TEMPS 1

Highs spike back into the 60s for Monday, with some late-day showers and thunderstorms. The air behind that could be even colder by Tuesday morning:

GFS TEMPS 2

A stronger push of cold air will blast in by Thursday. This is when the overall pattern takes on a bit of a winter look across the eastern part of the country. Several models even suggest a few snowflakes:

GFS 3

That’s the forecast map for the opening day at Keeneland, and it looks a bit like the start of the spring meet back in 2007. That year featured some snow and a killing freeze. Ugh.

Make it a great Friday and take care.

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