Tracking some nasty weather for Derby weekend

Good Thursday, folks. We are enjoying one heck of a start to the month of May. Highs in the low 80s and sunshine have combined to give us a taste of early summer weather across the Bluegrass State. The good days are numbered, and we’re tracking a case of ugly stuff rolling in here for the big weekend ahead of us.

Let’s start out with where we are today. HIghs will head toward 80 degrees, with a mix of sun and clouds. There is the smallest threat of a scattered storm or two.

Your daily dose of tracking toys:

Current temperatures

Friday continues to look mainly dry at Churchill Downs and across Central Kentucky. Highs will be in the 70s with another threat of a shower or storm. Most of the rain associated with our potent storm system will hang just to the west.

That won’t hang there long and should roll eastward on Saturday. The GFS Ensemble Mean shows the progress of the rain and how it hangs around into Sunday:

GFS 2

The farther east you live, the better the weather will be on Saturday. Once the rain moves in, temps will tank and might drop toward 50 degrees by late Derby Day. The rain on Sunday will be accompanied by breezy conditions and highs struggling into the 50s.

That slow-mover of a storm will continue to keep us on the ugly side into early next week as cool weather continues.

Have a wonderful Thursday and take care.

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