Things have certainly calmed some since the very strong winter storm that just passed. Rain has subsided, wind has come down, and temperatures have dropped significantly. We sit under cloud coverage for all, with some light drizzle here and there. Temperatures have cooled to the low 40s with wind chilly in the upper 30s.
The storm that passed Saturday packed a punch in many ways. First with temperatures reaching the mid-70s which set records across the state, including at the Blue Grass Airport. The mercury rose to 75 degrees which shatters the old record of 66 set back in 2018. Also, 75 degrees is the 3rd warmest temperature ever recorded in January in Lexington. The last time we had temperatures this warm in January was back in 1944 when WWII was still active. Wind speeds were sustained in the 30s and 40s with gusts reaching the 50s and 60s; and that was outside the showers. Several storms yesterday afternoon achieved severe status as wind gusts reached over 60 mph routinely. Plenty of damage occurred both before and during the gusty showers. Two damage report surveys will be conducted today to determine if a tornado touched down in Madison and Clark Counties. As we end the weekend, things start relatively calm and cold. Cloud coverage will remain persistent. Some late day sun will be afforded to us as higher pressure makes a run. Expect temperatures to warm early week thanks to southerly wind flow. The stalled cold front will return midweek and deliver additional rounds of rainfall.