Barry may throw tropical rains our way

Good Friday, folks. It’s a much better feeling day across central and eastern Kentucky, but we are now focusing our attention on the Gulf of Mexico. Barry is about to slam into the Louisiana coast and could impact our weather by early next week.

The weather out there today is much better than the past few days as a better brand of air moves into the region. Most areas remain dry, but that front is close enough to spawn isolated showers and storms across southern Kentucky…

The threat for a few showers and storms will continue across southern parts of the state on Saturday as we begin to feel the steamy air returning.

It’s at this point we may start to feel some indirect impacts from Barry. This system may become a weak hurricane before heading into Louisiana into early Saturday.

Here’s the satellite view of what’s going on in the Gulf:

The forecast from the National Hurricane Center continues to trend farther east and is just about on par with the map I’ve had out since early this week:

cone graphic

Here are the latest hurricane models:

GFS Ensembles

The European Model is showing some hefty rainfall into our region:

The prime time for that system to impact our weather is from Monday through Wednesday. Before that, watch for a few storms to go up on Sunday as a weak cold front drops in from the northwest. That could combine with some offshoot tropical moisture to produce heavy rains.

Enjoy your Friday and take care.

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