Frigid temps kick off the weekend

Good Friday to one and all. The lowest temps since early last March have arrived in the Bluegrass State. This kicks caps off a colder-than-normal weather week here. Now, we focus on a forecast that looks to turn even colder as we inch closer to Thanksgiving week.

This is a heck of a shot across the eastern part of the country:

Temps this morning will be in the 20s, with wind chills in the teens. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 30s in many areas, but wind chills will be much lower.

This sets the stage for a very cold night, with lows in the low and middle 20s and wind chills in the teens. Clouds will increase Saturday, with highs ranging from the mid- to upper 40s.

Clouds roll in Saturday as a system works toward us by Sunday. That will bring chilly showers across the state through early Monday:

For many places, highs this weekend are only in the 40s.

That system is zipping through here a little faster than I thought because another system quickly takes its place by late Tuesday and Wednesday:

For a while now, I’ve been pointing toward the lead-up to Thanksgiving as a period to watch for winter weather potentially showing up. The ensembles have been on this for the past week or so, and now we find the operational models joining the mix.

The European model started the trend Thursday night and keeps showing it:

The GFS looks like the European model for next weekend, with a deep trough digging in here:

Look what it follows that with for Thanksgiving week:

Watch the cold shots take aim at us:

Again, we are seeing the GFS now looking like what the ensembles have been suggesting for the past several days.

Have a great Friday and take care.

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