Record highs before the flood threat

Good Tuesday to one and all. April temps may smash record highs out there today, but the focus continues to be on the rounds of heavy rain and storms on the way. This will bring a renewed flood threat to the region.

Let’s start with the good part of the weather program, and that’s the thermometers out there today. Highs will reach the upper 70s to near 80 degrees, breaking record highs pretty easily. The record for Lexington is 72 from 2016. The all-time February record for the city is 80 from 1996 and that is also in jeopardy.

Winds will be gusty from the southwest, with a mainly dry sky. To our west, you can see the showers and thunderstorms gathering:

The stage is set for a major flood event from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley. Here’s the area of greatest concern through the weekend:

Several inches of rain will fall in these areas, with the potential for a general 2″-5″ of rain across central and eastern Kentucky, with locally higher amounts possible in the bluegrass region. Areas of western Kentucky may approach double digit rain amounts.

This will lead to all modes of flooding across our region. Rounds of flash flooding, general flooding and river flooding are all possible from Wednesday through the coming weekend.

River flooding is already occurring, with warnings out along the mighty Ohio River:

Please stay alert to the increasing risk of flooding in the coming days.

Have a great Tuesday and take care.

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