Recovering From Near-Record Lows...

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Updated: 4/12/2012 9:59 am
Thursday, April 12, 2012: Recovering From Near-Record Cold...

It was another cold one, last night, as clear skies and light winds allowed temperatures to plunge into the 20s in many areas.  In Jackson, we fell to 30°, setting a new record low temperature.  The old record in Jackson was 31° from 1989.

Here are the lows from the area's major reporting sites.

 

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In some of the smaller towns, temperatures fell well into the middle 20s.  The coldest in the Commonwealth was in Monticello, Wayne County.  Not far from the Tennessee state line, the temperature dropped to a bone-chilling 24°... not very April-like!  We also fell into the middle 20s in Vanceburg, Paintsville, Burkesville and even Richmond.

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Most of the area will remain dry fro the next four days.  However, our western and northern counties may get clipped by a few showers or isolated thunderstorms as a warm front crosses the area.  On Friday evening, an isolated shower or two may slide into our northwestern counties, and on Saturday, the very limited shower / storm chances will be restricted to northern Kentucky.

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For perspective, here is the latest WRF forecast for accumulated precipitation, from now thorugh 2 AM on Saturday morning.  You'll notice coverage of any showers and thunderstorms will be very slim.

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Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology

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After a cool high near 60° today, we'll fall back into the middle / upper 30s tonight, with most places staying slightly above freezing.  Friday afternoon will take us back to the more seasonable middle 60s.  This weekend, we'll soar back into the middle to upper 70s!

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Enjoy this more pleasant stretch of milder weather.  We're getting there!

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Geoff

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