NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Temperatures are sliding as rain spreads across Tennessee in advance of a strong cold front.
NewsChannel 5 meteorologist Lelan Statom said below normal temperatures will return for much of the upcoming week thanks to a strong cold front moving through Monday with rain.
Temperatures will drop into the 40s as the front moves through. Temperatures will be held into the low to mid 50s for highs through at least midweek.
By dawn Monday, the temperature at Memphis International Airport had dropped from a high on Sunday of 77 degrees to a current reading of 45 degrees. Temperatures are forecast to slip throughout Monday, bottoming near freezing early Tuesday.
Rain covered a broad section of the state and was headed east.
Dyersburg read 43 degrees at dawn, Jackson was 51.
Ahead of the temperature drop-off, Chattanooga had 63 degrees at sunrise and Knoxville reported 61. Showers were expected to begin in both cities by midmorning and lows Tuesday were forecast to reach near freezing The expected low in the Tri-Cities early Tuesday is 26 degrees.
Much Colder Weather Moving In Behind Rain In Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Sharply colder temperatures are chasing rain that is moving eastward across Kentucky as well.
By dawn, the rain had cleared much of western Kentucky, but was steadily falling from west of the Pennyrile Parkway eastward across the Bluegrass region. Temperatures were tumbling in its wake.
At Paducah, the dawn reading on Monday was 40 degrees, down from a Sunday high of 72 and headed for an overnight low of 29.
Rain was falling in Louisville and the daybreak temperature of 60 showed the cold front had not reached the city. A Tuesday morning low of 27 degrees lies ahead.
Lexington was 59 degrees. The markedly cold weather is expected to bring readings near 24 degrees to the Bluegrass by Tuesday morning.