Rain and storms return Thursday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With a strong wave of low pressure spinning up from the southwest, our rain and storm chances will really ramp up Thursday across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. As the first round of activity moves in Thursday morning, some heavier rain will be possible with widespread 1”-2” totals expected so we’ll have to keep an eye on the chance for some localized flooding issues. Much of the data is indicating a lull in the action into the early afternoon hours. This may allow for some breaks in the cloud cover as highs reach the upper 60s to around 70 degrees. Any sunshine would add to the instability ahead of the approaching cold front and this will be a key factor in the severe weather threat Thursday afternoon and evening.

Our entire area is in a Slight risk (Level 2 out of 5) for severe weather later Thursday with damaging winds being the primary threat as a line of storms develops ahead of the front. As is usually the case, an isolated tornado spin-up could be possible within that line. As we head into our spring severe weather season, this is a good time to review your severe weather safety plan. Things quiet down quickly with a dry Friday as afternoon highs reach the mid-60s. Expect a nice start to the weekend Saturday with highs jumping into the mid-70s ahead of another front, which should bring additional rain and storms Saturday night and into Sunday. More showers will be possible by the middle of next week.  

FORECAST:   

TONIGHT: Increasing clouds, rain toward dawn. Low: 55°. Wind: S 10-15 mph.

THURSDAY: Rain and thunderstorms, some severe late. High: 70°. Wind: S 15-20 mph.

FRIDAY: Drying out, still pleasant. High: 65°. Wind: SW 10-15 mph.

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