The Mild Day and the Cold Front

Some of our warmest weather of the year thus far will give way to what may be our coldest.

Posted: Jan 19, 2021 5:58 PM

Cloud cover exited the region early this morning and made for an absolutely gorgeous day across the Tri-State. Afternoon highs surged back into the upper 40s, reaching 48° in Evansville - that's 7° above the average for this time of the year. Tonight however, will bring about another dose of bitter cold; our breezy southwesterly wind flow will shift toward the northwest and temperatures will plummet. The combination of partially clear skies and northwesterly winds gusting near 15 mph will allow the mercury to dip to its lowest point in over a week. We'll bottom out at 26° in the River City early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday afternoon looks pleasant enough, albeit cooler. After only reaching 43° early that day, areas south of the Ohio may see increasing cloud cover and even a few isolated showers after 10PM. Those showers may affect some of our Kentuckian communities up until 4AM or 5AM Thursday morning. Any lingering cloud cover on the other hand, will likely clear out by late Thursday morning giving way to an absolutely beautiful afternoon. Crystal clear skies, a breezy southwesterly wind flow and some gulf warmth pushing northeastward from the Mississippi Valley will all do their part to help drive temperatures back into the low 50s area-wide! Out projected high of 52° will be our warmest since the previous Thursday and just 2° shy of the year's warmest recorded temperature thus far.

Robert Frost once wrote "nothing gold can stay." Unfortunately, neither will our warmth - a passing cold front Thursday afternoon will unleash yet another blast of arctic chilled air. After reaching 52° Thursday, the mercury will drop back into the upper 20s by Friday morning. Northwesterly winds will continue to usher the cold air into the Tri-State throughout the day; by Friday afternoon we'll have only reached 39° and the cooldown won't stop there. Saturday morning could be our coldest start to a day since Christmas morning; we'll wake up to a low temperature of 21° in Evansville that morning.

Wear Your Mask.

30° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 22°
31° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 25°
28° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 18°
31° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 31°
26° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 18°
Tonight it will be much colder with an overnight low of around 22 degrees, with a light north wind. On Tuesday, highs will only be in the middle 30's and then we throw in a chance of flurries overnight. Best chance of flurries will be along and north of I-64.
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