Temps soar today and tomorrow, rain chances return soon

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Welcome to the middle of the week! The temperatures will climb today, but the conditions will be a bit dreary at times.

Today and Tonight
Most locations will start out under cloudy skies this morning. They will stay that way for most of the day before we possibly see a few breaks in the clouds this afternoon and evening. We could see a stray shower or two today and tonight, but don't expect much, if anything.

Highs today will be in the upper 60s and lows drop into the mid-50s.

A cold front will approach and then swing through, ramping up the chances for rain on Thursday. Cloudy skies will be around for much of the day, with the possibility of some scattered showers, but the bulk of the action comes late in the day going into the evening and overnight hours.

Areas near the I-75 corridor are under a marginal risk (1 out of 5) for severe weather. Strong wind and heavy rain, with the possibility of some small hail, are our main concerns with any storms at this point. We'll be watching things closely, especially the later into the day we go.

Highs will surge into the low to mid-70s before dropping into the 50s overnight.

Extended Forecast
Highs on Friday will be at midnight. As of now, it looks to be in the upper 50s to lower 60s before temperatures fall into the upper 40s by the afternoon. Rain chances will linger early, especially in far Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia.

The first half of the weekend looks dry, but much colder. We'll see sun mixed with clouds on Saturday with highs only in the 40s.

Hopefully, the luck of the Irish will keep us dry for St. Patrick's Day on Sunday. Fingers crossed! We'll keep you posted on the second half of the weekend as we get closer.

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