Friday, May 11, 2012: Beautiful Start to Weekend, But Storms Return for Mom
Good Friday morning, folks!
We had a chilly start, this Friday. In Lexington, our official low was 43°, but at least five communities in our area bottomed out at 39°, including Whitley City, McKee, Burkesville, Cynthiana and Vanceburg. Despite the recent chilly weather, we're still dealing with our warmest January 1st - May 10th in the record books in Lexington, and the 3rd warmest such period in Frankfort.
Special thanks to our friends at the National Weather Service in Louisville, KY for crunching the numbers.
Courtesy: National Weather Service, Louisville, Kentucky
We have a GORGEOUS FRIDAY on our hands, with temperatures on the road into the lower to middle 70s and plenty of sunshine. Eventually, just a few late-day clouds will arrive. Our massive ridge of high pressure continues to drift east.
We'll remain dry tonight, with only a few clouds arriving late at night from the southwest. Clouds will increase during the day on Saturday, with a slow transition from very bright skies in the morning to partly and eventually mostly cloudy skies toward sunset. Most areas will remain dry on Saturday, but isolated showers will develop in southern Kentucky late in the day.
Widespread showers and thunderstorms will accompany a disturbance on Mother's Day, and the wet weather will continue into Monday. Some of the rain could be heavy, with potential for well over an inch across much of Kentucky.
Here is the latest GFS forecast for precipitation, through midday Monday.
Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology
Soak up the sun while we still have it! ... and don't forget to tell the moms in your life how much they are appreciated.