Tracking Strong Storms and Heavy Rain

Good afternoon, everyone. A strong cold front is rolling across the state, bringing a line of strong to severe storms and heavy rains. This front will also usher in a mega temperature change that may include a touch of light snow with it.

The line of showers and storms may spawn a few damaging wind gusts as it rolls eastward. It will also put down another 1″-2″ of rain that can cause additional high water issues to develop, especially in the west and central parts of the state.

Temps crash behind the front with the cold catching the back edge of the rain, switching it over to a brief period of snow tonight…

Temps behind this drop into the 20s, so a few icy spots may develop on area roads. Wind chills by Friday morning will be in the high single digits to low teens.

Cold temps persist the next few days, with the next system due in town on Sunday. That brings rain and some snow…

A much bigger system will then target the state early next week and could bring another big precipitation event our way.

Here are your trackers for the rest of the day…

Current watches
Current Watches

Possible watch areas
Current MDs

Have a good one and take care.

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36 Responses to Tracking Strong Storms and Heavy Rain

  1. Bill Ayer says:

    I am ready for the weather to get back to the 20s and 30s and stay there until Spring. Too many people with head and throat issues with this constant back and forth.

    • Bobt says:

      It’s not supposed to be 20s and 30s until spring. Average highs here in the southern part of the state break the 50 degree mark next Friday. January might be the only month where someone would expect 20 and 30 degree days as the norm.

  2. Coffeelady says:

    Thanks Chris! We had a dandy about 5:15 this morning ! Heavy rain, wind, hail and thunder and lightning! Whew! Looking at the radar just now looks like we need to batten down for the next round. Stay safe and informed everyone.

  3. Jimbo says:

    JimB predicting a back loaded Winter for 2020. I like that he is getting a jump on everyone else. Maybe they should all predict warm/rain then maybe things will change, reverse psychology

  4. Matt says:

    State of emergency in Harlan due to mudslides.

    • Schroeder says:

      I feel sorry for Terry in Harlan. He wants snow so bad as well as Jimbo. Hold on guys you still are young and I’m sure a major snowstorm is in your future. Don’t pay any attention to this climate change crap.

      • Terry says:

        Yeah, I dont think 1993 was as warm or quite this snowless as this winter but we still received almost the entire seasonal snowfall with the 93 blizzard in March that year. I think Jackson had maybe 12 inches or so for the 1993 season before March Blizzard and ended up over 40 inches at the last minute! Just never know but no sign this year will be like that….but the oscillations look to favor colder at end of month.

  5. BubbaG says:

    Thanks CB! Based on your wording though for the system next week, seems snow is not exactly a main player. Running out of winter runway, so this could the new low snow bar, or tied.

  6. Debbie says:

    Hoping the storms calm a little before they roll through. Local met just said a train was blown off the tracks in western KY. Wow! Everyone stay safe!

    • Schroeder says:

      I heard that too. That’s some wind to blow a train off the track ! Hope no one was hurt ? I think by the time it gets to our region of the state it will calm down.

      • Debbie says:

        I heard it was a 72mph gust down that way? Radar looks like it’s slowing in intensity now, but it’s 68° here in my neck of the woods in Bardstown-it’s extremely windy, too. My dogs refuse to even “go” outside unless I block the deck doors so that they HAVE TO!!! 🙂
        What part of Taylor Co. do you live in, Schroeder? I was born in Campbellsville (eons ago!), and my aunt & uncle lived in Greensburg, so I spent a majority of time down that way when I was a kid. We still make monthly trips to “Druther’s”! (We feel it’s important for our 4 daughters to know what a “Royal Burger” is!!! LOL!)

    • feederband says:

      That would have to be 65-70+ winds.

      • Debbie says:

        See above^^…72mph is what I believe they said. A lot of wind, regardless. I’m happy I don’t have any trees in my yard, with all this wet ground, but feeling sorry for the people in my old house with that 45 y/o decrepit/’09 ice storm-torn tree about 8 ft. from the front door….I cringe everytime I think about it! I can’t believe that we had no more than one bent corner of a gutter from that, the way it crashed back then…?

  7. drewdrip says:

    Where is winter? By winter I don’t mean 5 or 6 days above normal with above normal rain and then crashing temps for a day or two. I mean highs in the 20s to 40s with occasional flurries and a snow storm threat or two.

  8. Schroeder says:

    All it is that we have had our winter but the phase is ENSO-neutral. The ENSO El Nino predicted has yet to make it’s appearance. If we had a weak El Nino now we would be having more winter events and longer cold spells. Maybe in March ?

  9. Rodger Dodger says:

    Rodger’s had a few snows in his backyard but nothing major and winter is slipping away. Sorry, he doesn’t get excited about big temp drops with flurries on the backside. It’s now Feb so Mr Bailey is quietly rooting for spring and less excited about snow chances — as if there would be any snow changes anyway lol. This is Rodger in Dodger.

  10. Jimbo says:

    Currently 78 back loaded Winter degrees on my vehicle thermometer as I head thru Charleston WV. So much for a frigid/snowy second half of Winter.

  11. Conn says:

    When is Winter coming?

  12. Jimbo says:

    Maybe next December, but I wouldn’t hold out much hope.

  13. SkiWi says:

    Is this considered an “Equator Vortex”?

    • BengalFan says:


      It’s so silly in today’s world to name events, like when it gets a cold spell or hot, storms , etc…

      Why don’t we also name this pattern we are in with all the rain

  14. Bobt says:

    Sad that the big headlines of winter this year have been three days of cold followed by an extreme seven day warm up followed by a quick two day drop of temps. Back to average highs and more rain next week. Anyone wanting this winter to hang around needs their head examined. Lol

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