A satellite view of the approaching cold front located from Chicago to Wichita
No more freezing temperatures for us this week! We finally escaped the frost and sub-freezing lows, with a low this morning of 39°. It didn’t take long for things to warm up either. Most places in south-central Kentucky saw a high in the mid to upper-60s. Now, these marks are below the average, but it won’t be long before we’re back to normal; in fact, above-average warmth seems to be right around the corner.
The clear blue skies are a product of a large dome of high pressure, sitting comfortably on the East Coast. It will gradually be escorted out by an approaching cold front, which is currently positioned over the Mississippi Valley. The front will take its time in reaching us, and lacks any real punch. Expect to see an increase in cloud cover tonight as it nears us. The cold front should pass over tomorrow around noon. Rain chances are very scant. There may be an isolated shower or two across our region tomorrow morning, but nothing more. The best chances for rain would be to our southwest.
Skies should be clearing out by tomorrow afternoon, and it looks like a very nice day is on tap. What about that cold front? No cold air here. Tomorrow’s highs should be in the upper-60s, and a few locations may reach 70°. We will quickly fall under the influence of high pressure once again, and it looks like the entire weekend should stay warm and generally cloud-free.
Easter weekend highs will be above 70°, which translates to above-average. The next real chance for precipitation looks to be early next week, with perhaps some thunderstorms. Our nights should gradually become warmer too, with nightly lows peaking over 50° by Easter. As for as the short-term goes, it looks like excellent weather is in store!
Tonight: Clouds will be increasing as winds become calm. Low near 45°.
Friday: Early clouds with a very stray shower, giving way to partly cloudy skies by the afternoon. High of 68° with light south winds.
Friday night: Low around 47° with partly cloudy skies. Light winds from the northeast.
Thanks for reading!
- Caleb Chevalier
We got off to a very cold start this morning here in Bowling Green as we tied our record low of 27° that was set way back in 1928! Tonight looks to be another cold night, but not quite as cold as last night where all of Kentucky was under a freeze warning. Overall tonight will be a continuation of the conditions that dominated your Wednesday, with mostly clear skies and cooler temperatures. But areas to the East of I-65 have been placed under a frost advisory by the National Weather Service in Louisville because temperatures there may reach closer to the freezing mark.
Current Regional Temperatures
Current temperatures as of 3:00 PM CST show almost all of Kentucky in the 50s, temperatures will drop into the mid 30s tonight. But the big question that everybody has is, “how long will the cold last?” Good news for you, the warm up begins tomorrow! Sunny skies will dominate and warm conditions will follow. But the real warm up comes in the weekend where it looks like we will see a return to the 70s! I know most people will be excited to have that weather back. We only have to get through one little blemish of precipitation on your Friday, but anything then looks to be very isolated in nature.
Tonight: Skies will remain clear as temperatures drop back down into the mid 30s, with a light south wind. Low 36°
Tomorrow: Warmer temperatures under mostly sunny skies, with a south wind at 5-10 mph. High: 65°
Tomorrow Night: Clouds on the increase with a south wind of 5-10 mph. Low: 47°
Have a Great Night
We had quite a chilly day today with temperatures across the area 20° colder than they were at this time yesterday. Normally our high temperature for this time of year is close to 70°, but today we did not even reach 50°. The map below shows how much of our region is actually 20° or more below normal today.
We are under a freeze warning from 8:00pm tonight until 10:00am tomorrow, so take precautionary measures if you need to bring any plant or pets in from the cold. We could possibly get a hard freeze tonight, which essentially means that in some areas our temperatures could be less than or equal to 27° for 2 hours or more tonight. Urban areas tend to stay a degree or two warmer than rural areas. So, they may stay above that 27° mark, but if you are somewhere more rural you have a better chance of seeing a hard freeze tonight.
Thankfully this cold snap is not going to last too much longer. Although temperatures will not be quite as warm as you may expect in April, temperatures will be getting back up into the 60s most of this week as we start a slow warming trend.
There is a good chance that we will see scattered frost across the area tonight and tomorrow morning, but the skies are expected to stay pretty clear for the next couple of days. There is a chance for rain on Friday and another slight chance Sunday evening into Monday, though, so stay updated through our social media and blog posts as we go through the week.
Tonight: Clear skies, a low near 27°, and calm winds with a hard freeze possible and frost likely.
Tomorrow: Frost likely in the morning, sunny skies, a high near 59°, and winds out of the southeast at around 5-10 mph.
Tomorrow Night: Clear skies, a low near 37°, and winds out of the southeast at around 7 mph.
Have a great evening!
Good evening everyone! According to the Kentucky Mesonet, our high temperature this afternoon was 74°F. However, we can say goodbye to those warm temperatures tonight as a cold front will enter the region. The cold front is pretty strong; the temperature has dropped 6° over the past hour In Hopkinsville, KY. Here’s a look at the current radar and satellite across the country.
As mentioned earlier, a cold front will enter the region from the west as the evening progresses. You will know of the cold front’s arrival when the wind shifts from out of the south to out of the west, followed by a drop in temperature. Along the cold front showers will be possible as well as maybe a few rumbles of thunder.
Tonight: Showers likely. Lows will be in the mid 30s with winds out of the south, shifting out of the west around 10-15 mph.
Tuesday: Morning showers may transition to a rain/snow mix before ending by mid morning. Some clouds will move out allowing for some peeks of sunshine here and there. Highs will be in the mid 40s, with winds out of the north around 15 mph.
Tuesday Night: Lows will be in the upper 20s. Skies will be mostly clear with a north wind becoming calm. Due to the relatively calmer winds, I can’t rule out the possibility of some patchy frost.
Our temperatures will likely remain below average for through the rest of the week, but conditions should improve greatly as the week continues. Be sure to stay tuned to the WKU Storm Team for the latest weather information!
Have a great evening!
Today was the first installment of an immaculate weekend, with some places in Warren County reaching 80° this afternoon. A mix of sun and clouds was the story through most of the day, along with some gusty winds from the south (aiding in our climb to the 80s). If this is the kind of weather you long for, you’re in luck. Tomorrow should be much of the same, with a high in the lower-80s. Yes, it should be even warmer than today, with temperatures about a dozen degrees above average. The sun should continue to encourage the flowers to show their faces. Some of the flora have already begun to move from the flowering stage to the green stage, such as the blossoms on WKU’s campus. Soak in the warmth while you can, because changes are coming at the beginning of the work week.
RAP model temperature forecast for noon tomorrow
A cold front will be working its way out of the Plains late Sunday night, and should arrive in south-central Kentucky sometime Monday morning. Temperatures should remain in the 60s as the rain cools us off. There may be a thunderstorm or two through the day. Winds will be blustery early in the period but should diminish by evening. Unseasonably cold air will replace the existing air mass after the passage of the front. Monday night’s low may be in the 30s, with a chilly Tuesday on tap. Some data suggests that a frost is possible during mid-week, but this is a few days away and the forecast is subject to change. It is worth noting though that the average date for the final frost in south-central Kentucky is during the second week of April.
Tonight: A low near 59° with partly cloudy skies. South winds at 10 mph.
Sunday: High of 82° with mostly sunny skies. Winds will be from the south at 10-20 mph, possibly gusting to 30.
Sunday night: Showers move in during the morning hours, with a low around 64°. 60% chance of rain with mostly cloudy skies before midnight.
Thanks for reading!
- Caleb Chevalier
We are experiencing pleasant conditions across south central Kentucky right now as temperatures are in the low to mid 70s across the region. We are sitting under sunny skies with still a slight chance of a scattered thunderstorm across the region this afternoon and into the evening hours.
Surface analysis above shows the high pressure starting to move into the area and dominating the region for the next couple of days. What does this mean for Bowling Green and surrounding areas? We will see a lot of Mr. Sunshine this weekend!
Tonight: Temperatures will drop to an overnight low of 53 degrees as any rain around the area will quickly diminish.
Tomorrow: A great a beautiful Saturday! Highs for the day look to be around 78 degrees with sunny skies!
Tomorrow Night: Another mild night with temperatures in the upper 50s for lows around south central Kentucky.
Be sure to get out and enjoy the weekend! This weather is going to be beautiful!
From Storm Center 12, I’m Andrew Dockery.
High temperatures today recorded by Kentucky’s mesonet stations
Hopefully you found a way to spend some time outside today, because it was pretty spectacular. With mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to upper-70s, it’s the kind of thing great spring days are made of. The one setback was the wind, which remained fairly sustained from the southwest at 15-20 mph. The mesonet station on the northeast side of Bowling Green measured a peak gust of 28 mph, but it also climbed to 77°! Clouds began to increase as the afternoon progressed, and these clouds should stick around as a potential rainmaker approaches tomorrow. For tonight, expect the winds to calm down ever so slightly with the temperature dropping to the mid-50s.
A cold front, nearly stationary, will crawl towards south-central Kentucky tomorrow. At sunrise, it should be roughly positioned along the Ohio River. This will be the mechanism for firing some showers and perhaps thunderstorms tomorrow. The chance for rain will last throughout the day, and will wind down once the sun sets. By Saturday, the cold front will have released its grip on the Ohio Valley and we will once again be under mostly sunny skies. Friday should break 70°, but Saturday will be much like today in terms of warmth. Lows over the weekend should be in the 50s. We may even have a shot of hitting 80° on Sunday, so stay tuned.
Tonight: Low of 55° with mostly cloudy skies. South winds around 15 mph.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms are possible throughout the day with a high around 71°. Winds from the southwest at 10-15 mph. 60% chance of rain.
Friday night: Low around 52° under mostly cloudy skies. Winds will be from the south around 5 mph.
Thanks for reading!
- Caleb Chevalier