Severe storms possible today

Good Thursday, everyone. We continue to track a potent system toward the region, bringing the potential for severe storms late this afternoon into the evening. Things could get a little bumpy for much of the region.

The potential is there for this to turn into a significant severe weather event with strong tornadoes possible across the western half of the state, especially.

The latest from the Storm Prediction Center shows the increasing potential for the entire state…

The threat is there for significant tornadoes and the Storm Prediction Center is highlighting this potential:

If you’ve been watching me on WKYT, I’ve been talking about how I didn’t like the setup, especially with a warm front setting up over the region. Storms that hit this warm front and move along it will have the opportunity to produce tornadoes. That’s not unlike what happened in eastern Kentucky back on March 2nd, 2012. I’m not saying this will be on par with that or even close, but the warm front setup has some similarities across the west.

In addition to the tornado threat, bowing thunderstorms will bring the potential for damaging winds. Large hail will also be possible, especially across the west.

Storms will also put down a tremendous amount of rain in a short period of time. That can lead to local flash flooding issues.

I will try to update things later today and will have the latest breaking weather information on WKYT-TV as needed.

I leave you with all your storm tracking tools:

Current watches
Current Watches

Possible Watch Areas

Current MDs

Have a great day and take care.

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