Significant Severe Weather Event Possible Today

Good Thursday, everyone. We have a busy weather day taking shape as severe thunderstorms target the region later today. The potential is there for this to turn into a significant severe weather event with strong tornadoes possible across the western half of the state, especially.

The latest from the Storm Prediction Center shows the increasing potential for the entire state…

The threat is there for significant tornadoes and the Storm Prediction Center is highlighting this potential…

If you’ve been watching me on WKYT, I’ve been talking about how I didn’t like the setup, especially with a warm front setting up over the region. Storms that hit this warm front and move along it will have the opportunity to produce tornadoes. That’s not unlike what happened in eastern Kentucky back on March 2nd, 2012. I’m not saying this will be on par with that or even close, but the warm front setup has some similarities across the west.

In addition to the tornado threat, bowing thunderstorms will bring the potential for damaging winds. Large hail will also be possible, especially across the west.

Storms will also put down a tremendous amount of rain in a short period of time. That can lead to local flash flooding issues.

I will try to update things later today and will have the latest breaking weather information on WKYT-TV as needed. As always, I have you guys all set to do some severe storm tracking…

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Have a great day and take care.

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22 Responses to Significant Severe Weather Event Possible Today

  1. Terry says:

    Certainly, it doesn’t appear like the weather will be boring anytime for the next few weeks, but if for some reason it becomes that way, I am sure we will stay busy tracking this virus:P

    As far as snow, Northern KY will have to snow very hard for any quick accumulation to over come a now extended period with no freezes at night and mild days. As far as my local, temps barely cool to 50 down here, so only remote snow chance may be Black Mt but about too warm even that high up.

    Very confusing times as so much conflicting information on the virus with a media circus and certainly looks like an economic impact with stocks falling as fast as 2008, GURR!

    • Schroeder says:

      I have lived long enough that this is just Politics in an election year.

    • Chris says:

      The virus is a serious issue. There are a lot of naysayers and that’s totally fine but I really do wish people would take this a little more serious than they are. Set all politics aside (not sure how this became a political issue) and let’s all stay safe.

      • Schroeder says:

        I agree with you Chris about the Virus. We all should be taking this more serious and I wish I never posted the above comment. Sorry smh.

    • TennMark says:

      Hopefully there will be enough cloud cover to reduce the severe weather threat somewhat. But as we recently saw in Tennessee, strong tornadoes can still occur after midnight, obviously long after the sun sets.

      This new virus has my attention for two big reasons. First, my wife and I have a daughter that’s not even six months old. In addition, we both also have surviving grandparents, but all are in only fair to failing health including one in a nursing home. Apparently like the flu, the very young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. Even though older kids to young adults seem to be fairly resilient, they or anybody else could still spread COVID-19 to our infants and elderly relatives. So while this rapidly changing situation is still a little surreal, having to personally look after very young and very old relatives is a big kicker.

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  3. Schroeder says:

    Thanks Chris, I can tell by reading the tone of your blog that you are really concerned about tornadoes somewhere west of central Kentucky. I will be tuning in to KWC throughout the day until the all clear is given.

  4. Virgil E says:

    People just need to chill… #TeamSpring

  5. feederband says:

    The SPC giveth and taketh away. That happened quite a few times last year. Good news is that the cloud deck looks set in for the afternoon. As I typed this the sun found it’s way through the deck.

  6. MarkLex says:

    When I read this early this morning, I kept hoping that south KY’s storms would suck energy keeping us with just rain or general storms. But noooo. Noooo. That’s too much to ask. Now they expanded the enhanced risk.
    I’m not sure what’s up with me. I used to love severe weather (not the damage, but the excitement of how crazy nature can be). But now, I don’t want it. I’d rather just have general thunderstorms that cause no damage or at least very little damage.

    • Debbie says:

      I wonder about myself, MarkLex…I’m 57, saw the April 3,’74 tornado go through Nelson Co.from my backyard, killing my mom’s friend(who was also our cousin’s m-i-l…) It’s nothing you ever forget. I was always afraid of storms, having been brought up w/my grandpa, who had went through a bad storm on a ship in WWII and came back TERRIFIED of even a little bit of thunder…..but 4/3/74, seeing the destruction, seeing my bruised cousins a week or so later…it puts it in perspective for you that it’s nothing to mess with. I’ve gotten a LOT better about the “scaredy-cat” thing-I mean, I’ve even been known to watch “Twister” late nights during tornadic wx while munching on hot wings, waiting it out…..heh…smh…..

      Stay safe, my friend!

      • Terry says:

        I am 37, so I missed out on that great tornado outbreak but if course studied it over the years! I still remember a lot of big events like the April 2011 and personally saw a lot of action from the March 2nd, 2012 outbreak. Large hail doesn’t happen much in Harlan, and that was quite an impressive supercell we had! 3 inch plus hail less than 10 miles from me, luckily it stayed small hail at my house!

  7. Schroeder says:

    On this date in 2018 I had 8 inches of snow on the ground in my backyard. I wish we were looking at a late season snowstorm.

  8. MarkLex says:

    so are the general storms we’re seeing right now in central KY stabilizing the atmosphere?

    • TennMark says:

      I was wondering the same thing about central Kentucky. Perhaps so. However, at the same time a new line of strong storms just popped up along the Ohio River near Owensboro.

      At least for the moment, Tennessee is mostly getting a break so tornado cleanup and recovery efforts can continue uninterrupted.

      • feederband says:

        The atmosphere is very worked over in and near Louisville Metro. Nothing to see here but heavy rain. We were never really in play but, I was hoping to see a little windage.

        • Terry says:

          Not that it usually does much often in Harlan anyways, but with the first batch staying north of my area and still dry here, do you think I will get any storms to form later for my area and on into TN?

  9. Terry says:

    The rest of the state gets slammed and not even raining here in Harlan, lol. Such differences in weather down here 90% of the time.

  10. Terry says:

    Finally sinking south with plenty of thunder and heavy rain

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