Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Possible Tonight

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Updated: 5/21 11:28 pm
Midnight Update:  The main line of severe thunderstorms that moved through Central and Eastern Kentucky Wednesday evening, is moving off into VA and TN.  However, another cluster of thunderstorms are developing in Indiana, and are moving southeastward, closer to Kentucky.  So our chance for thunderstorms will continue through the Thursday morning hours, with another chance for thunderstorms into Thursday afternoon.  Most of the thunderstorm activity Thursday afternoon, will be confined to areas south of I-64, closer to where a cold front is expected to stall (along the KY/TN state line) Thursday afternoon.  Thursday afternoon high temperatures will be around 80 degrees.  More sunshine returns for Friday, with a cooler high temperature of 75 degrees.  Mostly sunny skies will be around for the Memorial Day Weekend, with temperatures warming from the upper 70s on Saturday to mid 80s by Memorial Day Monday.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 2am Thursday for Central and Eastern Kentucky.  Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible this evening through overnight, with gusty winds, large hail, and locally heavy rainfall possible. Temperatures remain warm for Thursday with lingering rain chances. More sunshine will return for Friday, with slightly cooler air returning. A warming trend returns for Memorial Day Weekend, with plenty of sunshine.

TONIGHT: Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible this evening and continue through the overnight hours. A line of thunderstorms are expected to move from north to south, moving out of Indiana and Ohio into Kentucky. Gusty winds, large hail, and localized heavy rainfall will be the biggest threats. Overnight low temperatures will remain mild, with an overnight low temperature of 66 degrees.

THURSDAY: The chance for scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will linger into Thursday, especially for Southern Kentucky, where a cold front will move through Kentucky and stall close to the Kentucky and Tennessee state line. Thursday afternoon high temperatures will be around 80 degrees.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Rain showers will diminish Thursday evening, with clearing skies Thursday night. Overnight low temperatures will be around 55 degrees by Friday morning.

FRIDAY: Drier conditions return for Friday, with mostly sunny skies and a pleasant high temperature of 75 degrees.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: We look to have warm conditions for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, with morning low temperatures in the mid 50s to around 60 degrees, and afternoon high temperatures ranging from the upper 70s on Saturday to mid 80s by Memorial Day Monday. Saturday will feature mostly sunny skies with a high of 78 degrees. Sunday will be a little warmer, with mostly sunny skies continuing and a high of 84 degrees. Memorial Day Monday will be partly sunny, with a high of 86 degrees, and the chance for isolated late day thunderstorms. Temperatures remain in the low to mid 80s through midweek next week, with late day thunderstorm chances.

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