Good morning, WABBLES! We hope you are having a great start to your Friday! We have a lot to talk about this morning so buckle up! We have a nice day in store, but rain and storm chances ramp back up overnight.
It is going to be a beautiful Friday across the Commonwealth with yesterday’s system departing to the north. The good news is that our rain chances will hold off until later tonight. Our next storm system is currently over the Rockies and beginning to move over the Great Plains.
Mostly sunny skies will dominate for most of the day across the region. An isolated shower or storm cannot be ruled out this afternoon, but most activity holds off until after dark.
The greatest threat for severe weather will stay well to our south today and tonight. We cannot rule out an isolated strong to severe storm overnight as activity moves across the region.
* Marginal Risk of Severe Weather for Western Kentucky tonight*
- A few storms may produce hail and/or strong winds.
- 1in hail and 60mph winds will be possible in the strongest storms.
Temperatures will soar into the low 80s this afternoon. The combination of strong southerly winds and mostly sunny skies will give us one our warmest days of the year so far. Winds may be breezy at times today with gusts up to 20-25mph.
Thunderstorm activity will move out by day break Saturday. Heading through the first part of the weekend we might have to dodge a few showers and storms again.
An area of low pressure will be spinning to our north Saturday afternoon. A cold front draped southward across Kentucky may spark a few showers and thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon.
The Storm Prediction Center has us under a Marginal risk Saturday afternoon. There is the isolated chance that one or two storms may produce hail and strong winds. Although, most of this activity will be just off to our east.
We may see a few peeks of sun if the cold front passes earlier on Saturday. Although, most of the day will be rather dreary across the region. Temperatures will make their way back into the 70s tomorrow with a few wind gusts of 25-30mph possible.
Rainfall totals through Sunday look to be manageable with less than 1in for most areas. Locally higher totals of over 1in will be possible with those who see more thunderstorms.
All activity clears out Saturday evening with quiet/cooler conditions moving in Saturday night. Lows will be the 40s come Sunday morning.
After a few days of spring time showers and storms we are expecting the sunshine to return for the latter half of the weekend. It will be another picture perfect day with the forecast being almost a carbon copy of last Sunday. Winds will also remain calm to end the weekend.
Cooler Next Week
After the cold front passage on Saturday we are expecting temperatures to take a dip into next week. Our average high for this time of year is right around 70 degrees. We will likely fall short of that mark a couple times next week.
Southeast ridging will relax and much cooler Canadian air will start to filter in to the area. Multiple cut-off lows may bring the chance for showers again, while only dampening our temperatures. Next week still looks to feature rather pleasant weather, but highs will not be in the upper 70s/low 80s like this past week.
Latest Frost and Freeze Information
As of right now we are not seeing the signs for a frost or freeze next week with the cooler temperatures. That does not mean we could see one again before the end of April. Our average last 32 degree reading is right around this time across WABBLES.
Temperatures can still drop into the 30s for the next few weeks so it is always best to hold planning until at least the first week of May.
- As always we will update on any potential frost or freeze if it is in the forecast. Spring is here, but winter sometimes likes to bite back!
That will do it for today from us at WXorNOTBG. We hope you have a great weekend and remember to keep the umbrella handy! Also follow us on our social media pages @wxornotbg.