A cold start to April…no foolin!

A freeze warning is in place for both Thursday and Friday mornings with a hard freeze and temperatures in the low to mid-20s to begin Friday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — FREEZE WARNING THURSDAY MORNING AND FRIDAY MORNING

Much cooler air has returned to Kentucky and Southern Indiana and this will be a prelude of things to come as we kick off the month of April. Unfortunately, that is no April fools’ joke! With a brisk northwest wind pushing in unseasonably chilly air, temperatures are expected to drop into the low 30s early Thursday morning. Even with the winds staying up a bit, we still could see some issues with outdoor vegetation, so a Freeze Warning is out for the entire area through late morning on Thursday. The remainder of the day looks breezy and chilly with some scattered cloudiness around. You’ll need a jacket as highs struggle to get back into the mid-40s, a good 20 degrees below average for the beginning of April.

With cold high pressure right overhead and lighter winds, a hard freeze is expected into Friday morning, so the Freeze Warning continues during that timeframe. We’ll made a run at breaking some records with lows in the low to mid-20s, so you’ll need to take the proper precautions to protect outdoor plants once again. After a sunny and cool Friday with highs in the low 50s, Easter weekend looks wonderful with more sunshine and a fairly quick warm-up as highs jump back toward 70 degrees on Easter Sunday. The tranquil weather should continue into early next week along with a steady rise in temperatures as afternoon highs roll back into the mid to upper 70s!

FORECAST:   

TONIGHT: A few clouds, breezy and cold. Low: 31°. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.

THURSDAY: Scattered clouds, breezy and chilly. High: 45°. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.

FRIDAY: Morning hard freeze, then lots of sunshine. High: 52°. Wind: N 5-10 mph.

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