Cold front leads to a soggy start, cooler temps

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The first half of your Thursday is a soggy one, so be ready to grab the rain gear on your way out the door.

Today and Tonight
The cold front continues to push through the mountains and will make its presence known with the continuing rain chances and the cooler temperatures, especially later today and tonight.

Expect the rain and cloud cover to be around through the early afternoon hours before we start to clear out to sunny skies. Yes, that's how quick this thing is moving.

Temperatures should stabilize in the mid-60s this afternoon before starting their descent again this evening.

How low will they go? That all depends on how fast the clouds clear out. If you see mostly clear skies in your area overnight, lows could drop into the 30s. If we hold onto some clouds, it'll only be the low 40s.

Friday and Saturday
Friday should be an absolutely beautiful fall day, at least during the daytime hours. Look for mostly sunny skies and cooler temperatures. Most locations will top out in the upper 50s.

Clouds will start to increase Friday night with a weak disturbance. I do think any rain chances will hold off until late in the evening and into the overnight hours, so don't change any plans. You'll probably want to grab the jacket and the blanket for Friday night football, because it will be a little chilly.

Those rain chances look to be scattered and are mostly gone by the time you wake up on Saturday. Overnight lows Friday night drop to around 40.

Saturday, the clouds clear right back out, giving way to mostly sunny skies and highs again in the upper 50s. Lows drop into the low 40s.

Extended Forecast
The second half of the weekend is when the forecast gets a little bit tricky.

To say the models are struggling to handle the timing of the next cold front would be the understatement of the year.

Here's what I think is going to happen, at least based on the data I have right now: I believe Sunday will start dry with sun and clouds. Rain chances will increase late Sunday afternoon going into the evening hours. Highs will top out around 60 and fall into the low 50s overnight.

The cold front begins its trek into the mountains Sunday night into Monday. We will again have a midnight high on Monday, with temperatures dropping through the daytime hours. Rain chances will ramp up, making for a soggy start to the new work and school week.

As for the forecast after that, let's just take it one model run at a time. We'll keep you posted.