A Soaking, Breezy Day Today, Then Colder

A Soaking, Breezy Day Today, Then Colder

Widespread, soaking rain will precede a big cooldown as we move through the next 24 hours. An inch of rain is expected for some.
Thursday Morning, March 8, 2012: Breezy with Soaking Rain Today, Then Cooler Tomorrow

Good Thursday morning, everybody.  Today will be an active weather day, but the good news is that we do NOT expect severe weather.  We'll see some widespread, soaking rain across the area.  Here is a quick radar update from mid-morning.

 

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Rain is beginning to overspread the Bluegrass Region, and it will continue to cover more and more of the area, from west to east, through late morning and midday.  It will also be breezy, with winds continuing to blow from the south, ahead of the front. 

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The gustiest winds were yesterday, when places like Frankfort gusted to 45 mph at the Kentucky Mesonet site.  They're active again today.  Winchester, Owenton, Carlisle, and the south side of Lexington also gusted to at least 40 mph in the past 24 hours.

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While today's winds will not be quite as gusty, it will still be a breezy day with winds gusting to near 35 mph from time to time.  Initially, winds will blow from the south, but late in the day, they will shift and blow from the west after the cold front sweeps through.  At 9 AM, the cold front was near the Wabash River in far southwestern Indiana / southeastern Illinois.

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Rain will continue through midday and deep into the afternoon.  Many areas near I-64 are still on track to receive about 1" of rain, with potential for 1" to 2" in the Lake Cumberland area.  You may notice that today's Futurecast rainfall forecast is fairly similar to yesterday's for this event, although there may be a slight downward trend in the maximum rainfall amounts.

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Behind the front, we will turn sharply chillier later tonight.  After spending last night in the 50s, we'll fall into the middle to upper 30s later tonight into early Friday morning.  The latest NAM forecast for 24-hour temperature change, from 7 AM today to 7 AM on Friday shows a sigificant drop in temperature across the Ohio Valley, on the heels of today's cold front.

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Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology

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Thanks for stopping by the weather blog.  Don't forget that umbrella today - it'll be a soaker!

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Geoff

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