Rain will continue in Lexington; colder weather expected by New Year

The gray skies of Christmas week are going to stick around a while as Lexington ends one of its warmest and wettest Christmas weeks ever.

WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said that Lexington had 4.57 inches of rain from Dec. 21 through 2 p.m. Dec. 26, with areas south of Fayette County receiving even more rain.

He said an additional 1 to 3 inches rain might fall over the next few days. The forecast calls for rain again on Sunday and Monday.

Bailey said that more traditional winter weather is on the way for the middle and end of next week.

The high of 59 degrees on Dec. 25 was short of the 1982 record of 70 degrees and a world away from the record low of minus 9 degrees in 1983.

Bailey said that Dec. 25 was the sixth-warmest and seventh-wettest Christmas since 1900. But by New Year’s, Bailey said that the Lexington area will likely see more wintry temperatures and perhaps even snow flurries.

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman