Temperatures could dip to 30s but will get warmer, Bailey says

jwarren@herald-leader.comMay 6, 2013 

Keep your coats and hats handy. We could see temperatures in the 30s by next week, weather forecasters warn.

WKYT-TV chief meteor ologist Chris Bailey says it will get warmer gradually this week, possibly, reaching the 70s by Wednesday, with chances of showers or thunderstorms almost daily. But the bottom might fall out this weekend.

"We expect another cold front to arrive on Sunday that might actually give us a threat of frost and record cold temperatures Sunday night and Monday morning," Bailey said. "There's a pretty good chance we will be in the 30s Monday morning, and an outside chance we might set a record low."

The current record low for next Monday's date is 37 degrees, set in 1996.

Homeowners and gardeners should be prepared to cover flowers and temperature-sensitive plants — such as tomatoes — Sunday night, forecasters suggest.

Cool, rainy weather already has slowed corn planting dramatically in Kentucky.

At this time last year, about 84 percent of the state's corn crop was in the ground, thanks to unseasonably warm weather. But as of last week, only 32 percent of Kentucky's 2013 crop had been planted, compared to a five-year average of 57 percent for that date, University of Kentucky corn specialist Chad Little said.

It's more than enough to worry corn farmers, Little said.

"If you step back and take the emotion out of it, we still have time to get things planted and get a good yield," he said. "But, if you are a farmer, and you have operating loans and you've already made the majority of your cash investment for this season, but you don't have anything planted yet, that's cause to be nervous."

Matt Dixon, a meteorologist with the UK College of Agriculture, noted that the weather increasingly has been up and down in recent years.

"The past three years it seems like the weather has thrown us a curve ball every single year," Dixon said. "It will be interesting to see how things play in the next few months."

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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