Quick Severe Weather Update - Thursday AM

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Updated: 2/23/2012 8:08 am
Thursday Morning, February 23, 2012  Brief Update on Severe Weather Potential

Good Thursday morning, folks.

I'm about to run out the door to do a pair of school talks this morning, but I wanted to give a brief update to the weather situation today.  Meteorologist Lauren Jones had a great post yesterday, and if you have any interest in thunderstorms or the ingredients that produce severe weather, make sure you scroll down and click on her Wednesday evening update.

A few non-severe thunderstorms produced small hail in parts of the area last evening, and another cluster of storms around 3 AM produced some small hail and gusty winds in Laurel County.  Here are recent storm reports.

 

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We'll have a nice 12-18 hour break in the action now that the final early-morning thunderstorms have exited eastern Kentucky in the hours before dawn.  However, late this afternoon and into the evening, those storms will be firing to our west and marching right through the area.

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Before the t-storms arrive, it will be a very mild and breezy day, with highs reaching 67° in Lexington thanks to an active wind from the south.  Winds will be sustained at 10-20 mph, with gusts to 30 or 35 mph today.  A Lake Wind Advisory is in effect across eastern and southeastern Kentucky from 1 PM until 1 AM, later tonight.

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The entire region remains under the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms this evening and into the early part of the overnight, primarily from 5 PM to 10 or 11 PM.  Strong straight-line winds are the primary threat, although large hail and an isolated tornado can not be ruled out.

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I'll have an update at noon and 12:30, and then Meteorologist Lauren Jones will have you covered this evening as the system pulls through the Bluegrass.

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Be safe... and if you haven't checked it out, you'll like Lauren's most recent blog update from last night.

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Geoff

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