The final weekend of March is starting very warm with highs this afternoon in the low 80s, which is 20 degrees above average. The viewing area is in the warm air south of a front to the north. As a result overnight temperatures have remained in the 60s and 70s. Southwest winds this afternoon will gust 20-25 miles per hour with plenty of warm air streaming north. Low pressure will be moving toward the Great Lakes this afternoon. This low will drag a cold front toward and through the viewing area. As the front approaches this afternoon there will be a chance for some strong/severe storms, in particular west of I 65. Locally the storms and front will be in the Metro this evening, past the peak heating. There is a chance they could be weakening.
The Storm Prediction Center has all of Kentuckiana in the Slight Risk (Level 2 of 5) for late Saturday evening and overnight. While damaging winds and hail will be the primary threats, an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.
Sunday will be very windy behind the front. By tomorrow morning the front and rain will be in eastern Kentucky. The air behind the front is cooler, so temperatures will only drop into upper 60s for highs Sunday with some sunshine into the afternoon. It will be a windy day with gusts around 35 miles per hour at times. We stay dry on Monday before our next system from the southwest brings additional rain chances and a few rumbles of thunder possible into Tuesday as highs cool into the upper 50s.
April begins Wednesday with highs around 60, which is a couple of degrees below average.
SATURDAY: Summer-like with isolated daytime storms, more numerous overnight. High: 81. Wind: SW 10-20 mph.
TONIGHT: Breezy and mild with isolated storms. Low: 67. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
SUNDAY: Becoming mostly sunny, windy and still mild. High: 70. Wind: SW 15-30 mph.
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