Springing our way into the weekend

Good Friday to one and all. We’ve made it to our weekend, and spring is surging into the Bluegrass State. This will send highs to near-record levels next week, but the longer-range pattern suggests winter isn’t through with us.

Highs as we roll into the afternoon will hit 60 to 65 degrees in many areas. Skies could stay mostly sunny as gusty southwesterly winds kick in.

Saturday will feature highs in the 60s before showers move in during the afternoon and evening:

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That moves out Sunday, with highs making a run into the 65- to 70-degree range. This leads us into the start of the week with highs ranging from 70 to 75 degrees in many areas. Records could be challenged during this time.

A cutoff low spinning across the Gulf states could throw enough moisture our way to produce scattered showers and thunderstorms by Wednesday:

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Temps late next week may wind up much warmer as we get a pattern-changing storm to move our way. This wipes out the warmth with showers and thunderstorms:

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For perspective on just how much the pattern is forecast to change. Take a look at the 500 mb maps from early next week to early the following week:

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That’s actually a pretty good look for cold and snow lovers across the country. As I’ve said, this isn’t a pattern that will go straight into true spring. Winter won’t just go away without a parting shot or two.

Have a great day and take care.

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