There’s nothing like a record low temperature to put an exclamation point on the recent cold spell, and that’s what we had Tuesday morning when the temperature at the Cincinnati Northern-Kentucky International Airport (CVG) dropped to 22 degrees, breaking the old record of 23 degrees from 1961. We were close to another record Wednesday morning when the CVG low was 27 degrees, and other reporting stations in the Tri-State fell to 20 – 22 degrees! The old record is 23 degrees from 1992. The nice thing about record cold in April is that we can warm dramatically on sunny days and I expect plenty of sunshine into the weekend.
The below normal temperature trend will continue through Friday, but there is some nice warming coming this weekend as highs head into the 60s both days! Before we get there we’ll have another morning in the 20s on Thursday, followed by mixed clouds and sunshine during the day as highs head for the mid 50s. Those readings are below normal but it will feel nice outside compared to the past couple of days. Friday will also have sunshine with mixed clouds and highs in the low to mid 50s.
Despite being one the wetter months in our average year, April has started quietly. A storm system approaching this weekend will bring southerly winds back to the area with sunshine and highs from 61 to 65 on Saturday. By Sunday the approaching storm will produce some clouds with a spotty shower or thunderstorm during the day as a weak cold front enters the area, but highs should still be in the mid 60s…finally, some spring weather!
Things may get a bit more interesting next week as a strong storm moves east from the Rockies and Plains bringing much warmer air across the Ohio Valley for a few days, but also increasing thunderstorm chances…and we may see a couple of severe weather days in the Midwest.
On Monday we’ll have passing showers and thundershowers with highs in the 60s to near 70. By Tuesday we’ll have showers and thunderstorms mainly west of the Tri-State, and if we’re lucky the Ohio Valley will be partly sunny, breezy and in the low 70s! That sets the stage for trouble on Wednesday the 17th.
It’s still a long way off as far as model reliability is concerned, but I expect rounds of thunderstorms across the Midwest from late Tuesday through early Thursday…and Wednesday may be our busy day with heavy downpours of rain, frequent lightning, gusty winds, hail and a few tornadoes from Indiana and Ohio south into Kentucky. However…one model shows just rain and chilly air on Wednesday and Thursday.
The timing and track of the storm system is still uncertain, but it might be a good time to start thinking about severe weather preparedness and safety. To paraphrase a famous quote, over the next week we may go “from the freezer into the frying pan”…
Keep your eyes on the sky and enjoy the changing weather!
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