Rain and storms moving in

Good Saturday and welcome to the weekend. Showers and thunderstorms will be on the move across the state today and this action will increase into tonight and Sunday. This may end up being a fairly soggy weekend across much of the region.

If you have things to do outside… do them early today. A swath of rain and storms will increase from southwest to northeast as the day wears on. Locally heavy downpours will be possible. Temps will hit the 60s before the rain works in.

Your daily dose of tracking toys:

Current temperatures

An area of low pressure will work across the state later tonight into Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms may increase in coverage and intensity during this time. I can’t rule out a strong storm or two on Sunday.

Weekend rain totals may be between 1 and 2 inches for many areas.

Thermometer readings will surge toward 80 by early next week. This will be ahead of a massive pattern change that will take us back toward a much colder than normal pattern that may also turn ugly.

Look at what a dip in the jet stream by Thursday:

GFS 3

That may be preceded by a round of big time thunderstorms late Wednesday into early Thursday. Much colder air will then filter in behind the boundary as an upper level low cuts off across our region. That may make for a very nasty Kentucky Derby weekend. Look at how the heart of the cold sets up on top of us:

GFS 5

Scattered showers and gusty winds may accompany the cold temps. Ouch.

Make it a great Saturday and take care.

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