Rounds of heavy rain set to return

Good Thursday and merry Christmas Eve. Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms worked across the commonwealth on Wednesday. These storms caused quiet a bit of wind damage in some areas, with record rainfall in others.

Lexington recorded 2.46 inches of rain, making this the wettest December 23 on record. Unfortunately, we have a lot more rain on the way over the next several days.

We will catch a bit of a break out there Thursday, but more rain moves back in for Christmas. This becomes heavy at times with thunder and lightning Friday night and early Saturday:

GFS 2High water problems might develop during this time.

The corridor of heaviest rain will try to work north of the Ohio River later Saturday. I’m not fully sold on the idea that this happens for any lengthy period. We had better hope that happens, or we will be in an even worse situation.

Torrential rains return Sunday and Monday as our storm system works toward the region:

GFS 3Rainfall totals from the GFS through Monday continue to be alarming:

GFSThe Canadian Model is echoing a similar prediction:

CanadianAs I said several days ago, this is the setup that can bring about a flood event for the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys. The above maps certainly look the part.

The pattern flips to winter once the rains end by the middle of the week. It’s almost as if Mother Nature is flipping a switch. We will focus more on that after we get through the nasty stuff of the next several days.

I leave you with your Christmas Eve trackers:

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve. Take care.

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