High Winds and Strong Storms Today

Good Saturday, everyone. It’s a rather bumpy day across the bluegrass state as a powerful cold front swings through here. High winds are going to be a big player, but a line of thunderstorms will try to steal part of the show. Once we get done with this, a small taste of winter blows in.

I know this is super short notice, but it’s something you guys may be interested in. We are having a WKYT Weather Watcher class this morning at 10 at the WKYT studios in Lexington. We have had some last minute space become available to those wanting to participate. We have some cool WKYT goodies to give you and you will get a tour of the studio. Just be there at the station by 10 this morning and I will find a way to squeeze ya in. 🙂

The winds is the star weather player of the weekend. Gusts today will easily reach 40-50mph at times across the entire region. A few spots can exceed 50mph, especially as the line of storms moves in this afternoon and evening. Some of those storms may be strong or locally severe. Here’s the latest outlook from the SPC…


Temps ahead of our front hit the 60s, then quickly drop into the 30s a few hours behind it. There’s the chance for a few flurries Saturday night as the cold air surges in.

Sunday is a cold and windy day, with flurries possible across the eastern half of the state. The best chance is across the mountains of eastern Kentucky…

The Hi Res NAM did a good job with the northwesterly wind flow cold numbers from Thursday and should handle Sunday well…

Wind chills should stay in the 20s all day long.

Another cold shot arrives just before Thanksgiving, taking our temps below normal once again. The new European Model tries to blow up a storm along the east coast…

Thanksgiving weekend continues to find a stronger signal for cold and winter weather showing up. The GFS…

I have you all set to track today’s action…

Current watches
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Possible watch areas
Current MDs

I will update things later today, so check back. Make it a good one and take care.

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17 Responses to High Winds and Strong Storms Today

  1. Schroeder says:

    Looks like the kind of weather one would expect in March.

    • Andy Rose says:

      No it won’t be warm enough to be confused with March.

      • Prelude says:

        Yes it will be plenty warm even for March standards easily. It’s 64 degrees and extremely windy I won’t argue with that statement about March standards. Average high for March is in the 40’s

        • TennMark says:

          Meteorologists of course don’t call November in our area a second severe wx season for nothing.

          Thankfully, today’s tornado threat is low. But over the decades, November months have had a fair number of F4/EF4 twisters in both Kentucky and Tennessee (even very infrequent F4s in January).

          One of the bigger surprises to me was that July, August and Sept months in KY and TN have virtually no tornadoes stronger than F2/EF2 despite plenty of thunderstorms. No tornado fatalities in KY and TN in any July in recorded history. Among other factors, the jet stream is weaker and farther north thus less shear to form twisters.

    • Oh Hail No! says:

      That is probably because March and late November have pretty similar weather…

  2. Julie Lynch says:

    Totally agree with you about NWS Charleston WV! I live in southeastern Ohio in Gallia County and we are in their area. Advisories, watches and warnings are either very last minute or none at all. Looking at your map I guess they think the winds will just die to the west of us! So crazy!!! It is 8:28 am and still no advisory!

  3. Rodger in Dodger says:

    And as usual, the earlier models showing back end snow went up in smoke. And no snow next week either. Rodger sees this “winter” is off to its usual disappointing start. Rodger in Dodger

    • Terry says:

      I can sort-of relate to your frustration a bit, although this not the start of winter season. My frustration would be that this month turned out not to be very active based on precip amounts the models were spitting out weeks ago, active least in the SE part of the state. With only a little over an inch month-to-date in my area and a few isolated forest fires, it has been a boring November but at least wetter than last year when we had the terrible fire season!

      Hang in there and don’t throw in the towel on winter until at least January;)

    • Jeff Hamlin says:

      Get a grip. Winter is not even starting yet.

    • Jimbo says:

      I agree about the possible Winter weather this weekend and on Thanksgiving. It appears to be much ado about nothing. I am just hopeful no more 70 and 80 degree temps until next April. But I won’t hold my breath the last two Christmas were very warm.

  4. Mike S says:

    45-50 mph winds accompanying front…temps crashing in western Ky, wind damage reports coming in….Some 50+ mph gusts in central Ky

  5. Mike S says:

    NWS Louisville issues warnings for parts of north central Ky with radar estimates of 70 mph winds

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