Things are changing outside as the next precipitation-maker gears up for a pass. A stalled front is the reason for the cloud coverage over the central counties today, while the south and southeast has a little sunshine. Temperatures certainly represent this in that the central counties are running in the low 60s and upper 50s, while the south and southeastern counties are reaching the middle to upper 60s and low 70s this afternoon.
Moving closer to Halloween, more changes will occur. The first bout of rain will arrive Wednesday morning as the warm front of the system lifts through. The front wont matter much due to the excessive cloud coverage and the rain, so temperatures aren’t going to shoot up. Rain showers will be widespread to scattered and most of the forecast area will be included in the action. Strong thunderstorms are possible later in the day as the center of low pressure passes by. Next will be the cold front portion of the storm which is slated for most of the day on Halloween. The heaviest of the rain will fall around noon and the early afternoon as the cold front passes. Rain showers will trail off through the evening, but we’re still expecting rain and wind through much of trick-or-treat time, especially if you live east of I-75. Residents in Lexington and the Bluegrass may see rain begin to slacken off towards the 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm time frame, but the chances remain low. After the front passes, temperatures will cool immediately. We’re looking at lows potentially reaching near or down to freezing late Thursday evening or early Friday morning. This means we could be seeing a little wintry mix on the tail end of the storm system. The faster the temperatures drop, the higher the chance for the mix. That will be ironed out in the next 24 hours.