Lots of wet weather through Thursday

The good news is that the rain will move out just in time for Oaks and Derby with ideal conditions expected

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — FLASH FLOOD WATCH – through 8PM Thursday evening

After a beautiful summer-like start to Derby Week, we’ve got some changes on the way as we head into “Thurby” Thursday. With a slow-moving frontal boundary to our northwest, plenty of Gulf moisture in place and several wave of energy riding along the front, expect a wet and stormy period through Thursday. Several rounds of showers of storms should produce some heavy rain at times so localized flooding issues may creep up. As a result, a Flash Flood Watch is up for much of the area through Thursday evening. A secondary frontal system will drop in from the northwest and sweep all the moisture out of the region just in time for Oaks Day on Friday!

With a breezy northwest wind in place, Oaks Day will be a bit cooler, but pleasant with a mix of clouds and sunshine and highs in the upper 60s. High pressure should drift right overhead on Saturday, so we are looking at pretty much ideal conditions for Derby Day 147 with abundant sunshine and highs in the low 70s! This is right on par for average highs for the first Saturday in May! Temperatures will climb back into the upper 70s to close out Derby weekend as we remain dry. Another storm system will increase our rain and storms chances once again late Sunday and into early next week.

FORECAST:   

TONIGHT: Rain and storms, heavy at times. Low: 65°. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY: More rain and storms. High: 73°.  Wind: SW 15-25 mph.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny, breezy and pleasant. High: 69°. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.

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