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Area prepares for another big chill

By Leanne Fuller lfuller@paducahsun.com

While the Paducah area saw temperatures in the 50s on Monday, cold and chilling winds are forecast for the rest of the week.

"Not to the magnitude like we saw at the beginning of the month, but close to it," Paducah National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Spaeth said Monday.

Spaeth said the weather service doesn't expect precipitation after this morning - in the form of light flurries possible near sunrise, if any - but predicted blustery conditions today, with 30-40 mph winds through much of the morning diminishing slowly late into the morning and into the afternoon.

While today's high is forecast in the lower 20s, Spaeth said single-digit wind chills may persist into the day. He said temperatures would be near freezing around sunrise and drop to about 10 around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., without much warming through the day.

He said temperatures would rise to freezing or just above freezing Wednesday, but another shot of cold air is expected to arrive Wednesday night with temperatures well into the teens by daybreak Thursday. They are expected to remain in the teens during the day.

Strong winds also are forecast for Thursday, Spaeth said, with zero-degree wind chills possible by sunrise that morning. They are not expected to improve much through the day.

"Compared to what we've already had this year, I think we're starting to get used to it," Spaeth said.

While the winds are expected die off Thursday night, it is forecast that temperatures will drop into single digits.

Spaeth said the Paducah area will see the coldest air of the week Friday morning, after which temperatures will warm into the upper 20s but may feel like the teens that afternoon because of a southwest wind moving through the area.

"We've had quite a roller coaster," Spaeth said of the temperature fluctuations the area has seen in recent weeks. "That makes it very hard to adjust to anything."

Temperatures are predicted to warm into the 30s on Saturday and Sunday.

"It'll be cold, but not brutally cold," he said. "Basically, at this point we'll take what we can get."

Contact Leanne Fuller, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8653.

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