Good Thursday, folks. Thursday is shaping up to be a very active weather day across Central and Eastern Kentucky. Hot and humid weather will give way to a growing threat of severe storms late Thursday and overnight.
Our day might start with a weakening band of showers and storms moving in from the northwest. Temps and humidity will soar after that, and our heat index could be 100 degrees or higher at times. That’s when storms start cooking to our northwest.
A line of storms will then develop north of the Ohio River during the afternoon and race in from the north and northwest. The prime time for this line looks to be between 5 p.m. and midnight. Damaging winds will be the runaway winner as far as threats go. Large hail and isolated tornadoes will also be possible.
These storms should also produce prolific lightning and rain. That rain could cause some local flash flooding.
Things continue to look active Friday and Saturday as low pressure works into the region from the west and southwest. I’m becoming more concerned about the severe weather threat ahead of this system by late Friday and early Saturday. That setup could also be a flash-flood producer as a lot of rain looks to fall across our region.
Temps behind this departing low may drop into the 60s by Saturday afternoon. Sunday looks pleasantly cool with temps in the 70s for highs and just a small shower chance.
Showers and storms will then kick back in early next week as several systems dive in from the northwest. That setup keeps temps normal or below normal. This same setup might carry us through the Fourth of July weekend.
As usual, I have the blog set to be your one stop shop for tracking severe storms:
Thursday’s risk area
Have a great day and take care.