Severe Storms Likely Later Today

Good Wednesday, folks. A few strong storms are likely to start the day, but the attention quickly turns toward a much greater severe weather risk this evening. That’s when a strong cold front drops in from the northwest, bringing a line of severe storms. Behind it comes the increasing potential for frost by Friday morning.

As mentioned, a few strong or locally severe storms are possible early this morning. Skies become partly sunny with another windy and warm day. A strong to severe storm is also possible this afternoon and early evening.

As our cold front drops in from the northwest, a line of strong to severe storms is likely to sweep east and southeast along it. Damaging winds, large hail and a tornado will be possible. The damaging wind threat may really ramp up with some bows potentially developing along the line.

Here’s today’s Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center…

I will have all your tracking tools in a bit.

Cold winds blow in for Thursday with highs in the 50s. As skies clean up Thursday night, temps drop toward freezing or a tad below, setting the stage for frost…

That’s another frost threat waiting on us Friday night and Saturday morning. Beyond that, we are looking at a potent storm system that may move right on top of the region. Depending on the exact track and timing of this low, temps can spike up one  more time, which could also mean strong storms ahead of this. A BIG dump of cold air comes in behind this…

Again, frost and freezing conditions will be possible next week. There’s also the potential for some rare mid-April snowflakes.

I will have the latest on WKYT-TV starting at 4pm. Here are all your severe weather tracking tools to take you through the event…

Current watches
Current Watches

Possible Watch Areas

Current MDs

Make it a great day and take care.

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7 Responses to Severe Storms Likely Later Today

  1. Jeff Hamlin says:

    I’ll believe the snowflakes when I see them. 😉

  2. TennMark says:

    Thanks, Mr Bailey. The SPC has raised Wednesday’s tornado chances a little compared to yesterday (to 5%). But damaging winds and large hail will still be higher severe threats.

    Roughly this time back in 2007 was a remarkable late season snow for Kentucky and Tennessee and even farther south. Relatives of mine had moved to the Dallas/Ft Worth area. To their surprise, Dallas has snow while they were running a marathon in April 2007!

    Many here may recall April 2007 had a hard freeze for even parts of the southeast. The peach crop in states like Georgia was hard hit.

    • Schroeder says:

      Mark, I remember that hard freeze in April 2007 as I lost the blossoms on most of my Azaleas that were for sell in my Nursery/garden center just north of Evansville, Indiana. However, the Azaleas we hybridized came through without damage because we hybridized them to bloom later. Those of you that live in Western Kentucky will need to prepare for large hail and high winds as the front moves through later this afternoon.

      • Bobt says:

        That year almost every Japanese Maple tree in the state was damaged with that. We were in Orlando that year and was wearing jackets.

  3. Schroeder says:

    Forgot to add this to the above paragraph Take care everyone.

  4. Teacher T says:

    Heavy rain, constant thunder, and pea size hail since about 5:30. This one got bigger as it came over Estill County!

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