Potent Storm Moves Closer

Good Friday, everyone. It’s a windy and sometimes stormy day taking shape, but this is the appetizer to the main course arriving Saturday. That’s when strong storms, high winds and record highs take center stage across the region.

Winds today may reach 40mph at times with a few scattered showers and storms. The greatest risk will be across the western half of the state. That’s also the area most at risk for some flooding issues to develop. In addition to that, there’s the low end risk for severe storms across the west…

Temps today are in the 60s for many and could challenge a few records.

Record highs will fall on Saturday as temps reach 70-75 degrees for many of us. Wow! Southwest winds are going to routinely gust between 40 and 50mph in the afternoon and evening. Throw in a line of thunderstorms and you can get gusts approaching 60mph or higher…

Here’s what that line of thunderstorms looks like on the HI Res NAM…

Wind damage will be the primary thing to watch for, obviously. Here’s the Saturday Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center…

I will have updates later today, so check back. Until then, I leave you with your storm tracking tools…

Current watches
Current Watches

Possible Watch Areas

Current MDs

Make it a good one and take care.

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6 Responses to Potent Storm Moves Closer

  1. BubbaG says:

    Thanks CB! So perhaps not as bad as expected, since 10mph less. Also the risk area appears more west overall. Seems odd it’s not more severe, since temps like that during this time of year usually means some form of payback.

    Normaly we get funky cold sometime after funky warm.

    • TennMark says:

      Yea, the SPC still has most of Kentucky and Tennessee in a relatively low tier severe t-storm threat for Saturday, even if the threats are a bit farther north than before both for today and tomorrow. Obviously could get a bit rough for Memphis this evening.

      The SPC gives another Day 2 update about three hours from now (at about 11:30 am Eastern/10:30 am Central), Day 1 update two hours from now. For me, it could be a bit easier to follow the weather as I’m not stuck in the office but a stay-home father most of today 🙂 .

      • TennMark says:

        A 33 mph gust was clocked not long ago. Only going to get worse!

        Maybe not enough morning coffee….Day 2 SPC update actually at about 12:30pm Eastern/11:30 am Central. Day 1 update about 11:30 am Eastern/10:30 am Central.

  2. Mike S says:

    For the first 11 days of January, Louisville will reach at least 50 degrees for a high temperature. That will tie 1880 as the only time that has ever happened. Depending on post-frontal progress this Saturday, if at midnight Sunday morning the temperature is at least 50 degrees, we will be in uncharted territory, since there is a chance that the first 15 days of January might reach at least 50 degrees.
    This past November, only the first 7 days did it reach at least 50. The first half of January 2020 might go down warmer than the first half of November 2019. What!?

  3. Jeff Irvin says:

    So we are out of the rain range of 1”- 2” in NE KY?

    • Prelude says:

      Maybe a 1.0-1.5, earlier this week forecasters were saying 2-4, 3-6 inches of rain with river flooding and once again that forecast was way off. I’m guessing models have been way overdone with precip amounts which in turn has been throwing the forecast off as of late.

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