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Getting chilly to ring in 2020

First came the warmth, then the rain, now a chill.
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Posted at 9:43 PM, Dec 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-29 21:47:33-05

For the past week it has been all about the unseasonably warm late December temperatures. We are coming off of a stretch of six days in a row with highs in the 60s. On two of those days - Christmas Day and Saturday the 28th - high temperatures were a degree shy of the record. A remarkable stretch! Unfortunately the streak ends today...

We changed up our tune a little bit today by adding rain. It felt more like an April day than one of the final days of December. This soaking rain event will usher in a change as we approach the end of the year and look towards the start of 2020. Rain will wind down by morning as a cold front crosses the Bluegrass. It's going to feel much colder on the backside of this front, especially compared to the near 70 degree weather we enjoyed on Christmas Day. Temperatures will be stuck in the 40s Monday. It will be a touch chillier on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. It's time to break out the heavy coats again. In reality, this front will get temperatures "back on track." Lexington's average high is in the lower 40s this time of year.

If you're not too jazzed about the incoming chill, don't worry. Temperatures will make a nice recover by the end of the week and return to the 50s. The warm surge of air will also carry increasing chances for rain. The temperature trend of the next seven days also shows another dip through the first weekend of 2020. There are signs that we will transition to an actual winter set-up following next weekend. Models are suggesting some upcoming cold shots through mid-January. We'll keep you posted on those trends as we get closer.