Fayette County

Spell of cold weather is here

Bundle up. Temperatures in Central and Southern Kentucky may not get above freezing for a week, according to initial predictions from the National Weather Service.

On Saturday, Jackson and London booked their lowest high temperatures in recorded history. Temperatures topped out at 18 degrees in Jackson and 19 degrees in London.

Lexington also reached about 19 degrees but did not break the record set in 1928, when the high was only 4 degrees and the low was minus 8 degrees.

The forecasts for the next two days show temperatures in the 20s, but cold winds will make it feel close to zero.

It doesn't get much better from there. Temperatures are expected to reach the 20s each day and fall into the upper single digits or low teens each night in most of the state.

Matt Becker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said the normal highs for early January in Eastern Kentucky are in the mid-40s. Through much of the week, the temperatures will likely not get past 20, Becker said. "It will be below freezing until late next week," Becker said.

In many areas, weather forecasters also are predicting a light dusting of snow over the next week.