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Forecast offers cold comfort

Baby, it's cold outside, and it's going to stay that way for the rest of the week, if not longer, as shots of frigid air from the upper Midwest keep bombarding Kentucky, forecasters say.

Daily high temperatures are expected to be in the 20s for much of the state through midweek, with overnight lows in the teens.

Temps will drop even more after a storm hits Western Kentucky on Wednesday night, then moves into Central and Eastern Kentucky on Thursday morning. The storm is expected to bring up to 3 inches of snow to the Lexington area and up to 4 inches to Eastern Kentucky.

Single-digit lows are expected for the weekend in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

The cold snap is "not going to break any time soon," said Nathan Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville.

In 2007, the Lexington area had 14 straight days — from Jan. 28 to Feb. 10 — of sub-freezing highs, Foster said. He said he is not predicting whether the current cold snap, which began New Year's Day, will last longer, but he said the high for the area Monday is predicted to be 26. The next day, the 12th, the high is expected to be 28.

Matt Becker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said cold would be more of a concern for Eastern Kentucky on Monday and Tuesday than for the rest of the week. With the windchill factor, some places could have subzero temps overnight, he said.

Much of Eastern Kentucky had about an inch of snow during the day Monday, and the region was looking at another inch overnight and possibly another inch on top of that Tuesday, he said. Several school districts in the area called off classes Monday.

Lexington and the surrounding area had a dusting of snow Monday morning; up to a half-inch was predicted for the area Monday night.

Bourbon Central Elementary School was closed because of weather-related issues Monday.

A heat pump in the newly remodeled school malfunctioned because the air and water from the outside, which is used to run the pum, was too cold, Bourbon County school superintendent Lana Fryman said. Classes will be held Tuesday, Fryman said.