A freeze warning for Tuesday night signals an abrupt end to Kentucky's unusually warm early-spring weather.
The National Weather Service predicts a low of 32 in Lexington overnight Tuesday, with temperatures into the upper 20s possible. The cold could damage or kill uncovered sensitive plants.
Highs will be in the 50s and lows in the 30s through Thursday, well below the 80s recorded last month when record highs were set in Lexington on March 19 and 21.
"The persistence of warm weather was what was notable," said Rick Lasher, a weather service forecaster. "Usually, if we have a record in March, it's warm for a few days and then turns right back to normal. But this year, we had more than three weeks of way above-normal in March."
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