Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
A strong cold front is blowing in from the west today, bringing storms, high winds and plunging temperatures.
It was 61 degrees early this morning at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, but the mercury will shift into a free fall by lunchtime as we slip into the mid-40s.
By 5 p.m., it will only be 38 degrees – a good 30 degrees colder than the high temperature of 68 on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
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There’s a 100 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms before 3 p.m. with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph across the region.
Hazardous weather is not expected, said meteorologist Ashley Novak.
Overnight, the winds will calm to about 15 mph, but it will be cold with a low of 27.
The sun will return Tuesday and stick around the rest of the week. But it will remain brisk with daytime highs in the of mid-40s through Wednesday, a good 10 degrees colder than normal for this time of year, Novak noted.
Overnight lows will be in the 20s.
By Thursday, the mercury will climb back into the low 50s. But overnight lows will remain frigid and struggling to break the 30-degree mark.