Springlike Temps... And T-Storms, Too

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Updated: 2/22/2012 9:55 am
Wednesday Morning, February 22, 2012: Springlike Temperatures, And T-Storms, For Some

Good Wednesday morning, folks!  Yesterday, we peaked at 54°, and today, we'll tack on about 5 more degrees, reaching 59°.  On Thursday, we'll continue the warming trend to an April-like 65°, but that will be where it stops, as we'll fall right back to February-like weather on Friday.  Saturday will even be about 10° below average. 

As things FEEL a little springlike, we'll also be dealing with some springlike thunderstorms.  A weak trough of low pressure will cross Kentucky from west to east today, sparking a round of scattered showers and thunderstorms, primarily in southern Kentucky.  It appears that roughly half of our area will receive a shower or thunderstorm today, with those of you to the south the most likely to see at least one shower or thunderstorm, but those well to the north of I-64 less likely to see some rain. 

Here is the latest NAM forecast for precipitation for the next 24 hours.

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Courtesy: Penn State University Dept. of Meteorology

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Some of the storms in far southern Kentucky will likely have a little more firepower than any of the showers and thunderstorms farther north.  Moisture is just a little richer to the south, and the atmosphere will be less stable.  Therefore, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has put southern Kentucky in the Slight Risk for Severe Weather for this afternoon and early evening.

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We'll get a decent break, late tonight through the first two-thirds of the day on Thursday, and temperatures will only cool down to 46° tonight before rebounding into the middle 60s tomorrow.  However, a strong cold front will arrive tomorrow evening, producing a much more widespread round of thunderstorms, and some of Thursday's thunderstorms are a bit more likely to become severe.

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Severe weather will be even more likely through Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and then eventually into Georgia late on Thursday night.

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We'll keep a close eye on the radar over the next couple of days through the dramatic transition from unseasonably mild to winter's return.

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I'll have an update today at noon and 12:30, and then meteorologist Lauren Jones will be in at 5, 6 and 11.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Geoff

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