Derby Day Update

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a soaker of a Kentucky Derby Day across the Commonwealth, with heavy rains continuing into tonight. Once this system moves through, we focus on another thunderstorm maker moving in late Sunday, kicking off an active week ahead.

Rainfall numbers will continue to climb through tonight as our slow-moving system rolls from southwest to northeast. Local 3″ rains may show up before all is said and done, leading to the potential for local high water issues. A few thunderstorms will also try to crank, especially in the east and southeast.

The rain finally moves out of the state by early Sunday, but another system is dropping in from the northwest by the afternoon and evening. That touches off gusty winds and additional showers and storms…

A few strong storms are possible as that system crashes in, with lingering showers into Monday. Cooler winds will blow on Monday, but that doesn’t last very long. Temps and humidity levels both jump. Throw in several systems rolling across the Ohio Valley and you can get a pretty stormy setup through next weekend…

That pattern also features a rather healthy temperature gradient setting up from the Great Lakes into our region and points south…

Some pretty good storm clusters tend to rumble through the temperature buffer zone.

Let’s get back to today’s rainfall…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway

I-65 MP 36
Near Bowling Green
I-65 MP 36

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway @ MP 36
Near Pine Ridge

I-75 MP 127

Make it a great day and take care.

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6 Responses to Derby Day Update

  1. Coffeelady says:

    Thanks Chris. I’ll be nice and dry for the Derby…. I’ll watch it from the comfort of my old Ky home! 😉 (Sorry, couldn’t resist). Enjoy, everyone.

  2. Bill says:

    Looks like the rain backbuilding westerly, and Louisville getting soaked good. Glad it’s clearing up here.

  3. Mike S says:

    The rain is actually increasing in intensity along the Ohio River as Derby day continues this afternoon.

  4. Terry says:

    Decent sized hail near Harlan, KY at my house. I mostly had nickle sized hail but a few pieces approached an inch!

  5. TennMark says:

    Had a good amount of lightning and thunder earlier in north central Tennessee, along with some minor road and small stream flooding issues.

    Perhaps the lightning will stay well away from Churchill Downs for a little bit longer, if not the rain…..

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