Daily Archives: May 1, 2017

Time posted: 2:22 am

Nasty Weather Shows Up For Kentucky Derby Week

Good Monday, folks. Our day is starting with a line of strong thunderstorms racing across the state. These storms will put down heavy rains and pack some decent winds ahead of a cold front swinging in. This air will grow downright cold later in the week as another big rain maker targets our region.

There’s the chance for a few of the storms to be severe early on today, but skies will clean up from west to east this afternoon…

Current Watches
Current Watches

Tuesday’s weather looks pretty good with upper 60s to low 70s with a mix of sun and clouds. Things begin to change on Wednesday as a shower or two develops in the west ahead of a big storm system. This storm is nothing like the one we had this weekend, as our rains are not dependent on where lines of storms set up.

Instead, widespread rain will work across the state with this slow-moving system.  Those rains may make for a rather ugly Kentucky Oaks Day, with the potential for improving conditions for Derby Day…

That’s a setup that can bring a renewed high water threat into parts of Kentucky. Gusty winds and cold temps will also rule the pattern, with a day or two possibly staying in the 40s for highs. If you look closely, you can see some snows showing up in the Appalachian Mountains. Some of the models even show a little in the highest mountains of southeastern Kentucky…

Wait… What? That would be absurd to see actually happen, but pretty cool from a weather geek perspective!

As skies clear behind that departing system, can we get a touch of frost? I think that’s certainly a possibility…

In looking at the overall pattern, this has a chance to be one of the ugliest months of May we have seen in a long, long time.

Have a great Monday and take care.