A wild temperature ride on the way

Good Thursday to one and all. It’s a spring-like day out there across the Bluegrass State, but much colder air is blowing in for the next few days. This could set the stage for some freezing rain in a few areas across the north.

As mentioned, Thursday is a very mild day, with highs in the 60s on a gusty southwesterly wind. Scattered showers will be possible ahead of a cold front moving in later in the evening. That front might have a line of very gusty showers and thunderstorms ahead of it:

The arctic front then moves in Thursday night, erasing the mild from northwest to southeast. Temps by Friday morning drop into the low and middle 30s, and this could touch off some freezing rain in the north and west.

That ice threat still has us walking a very fine line across the Bluegrass State. The greatest chance for some freezing rain will be across the north. The latest freezing rain threat maps from the WPC really show that well:

WPC

WPC 2

WPC 3

WPC 4

 

We have to wait and see exactly where that 32-degree line sets up, but it’s safe to say it will be in the vicinity of Northern Kentucky.

Once we get into Sunday and Monday, temps surge again on a strong southwesterly flow. That flow is ahead of a slow-moving upper level that will cause additional showers and thunderstorms to develop and roll across the region. Rain totals over the next week are impressive:

GFS 2

Obviously, those kinds of totals can cause some high-water problems.

Once we get through all that, the same pattern of the past six weeks shows up as things trend much colder. The European ensembles from WeatherBell shows the return very well:

Euro 2

Have a great day and take care.

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