Risk of Severe Weather Wed PM

Chief Meteorologist Shane Smith has the latest on the storm chances Eastern Kentucky faces Wednesday evening.

1:15 AM Update:  A Flash Flood Watch is out for the majority of the Cumberland Valley until  5:00 AM.  We're monitoring another line of strong storms rolling through Southern Indiana that will likely bring us some heavy rains and strong storms during the morning.  

10:00 PM Update:  Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are out now for several counties... Follow the WYMT Facebook page for the latest www.facebook.com/WYMTNews

7:00 PM Update:  Severe Thunderstorm Watch now out for all of Eastern Kentucky until 2:00 AM.  Here's another look at the radar and warnings:


6:15 PM Update:

SPC says a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is likely coming for the area.  Chance 80%.  

 

6:00 PM Update:

Here with a quick update on tonight's Severe Weather Threat.  We're expecting storms to cross the Ohio River in the next hour or so and work their way into Kentucky through midnight.  The main concern remains damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rain.  


3:00 PM Update:  We are now going with a WYMT Severe Weather Alert Day as it does look like a line of Severe Thunderstorms will cross across Eastern Kentucky between 7 PM- 1 AM.

Original Post:

 Good afternoon friends, wanted to drop a quick update off on the blog as we do have the potential of some severe weather later this evening.  A cold front dipping into the region will send a line of thunderstorms our way later this evening.  These storms will be running into a warm and humid air mass, which will give them plenty of energy to work with.  While I don't expect this to be a major severe weather event, it could be very similar to the one we saw early last week with a few storms spiking up and causing some damage.  Here's the area the SPC is watching for Severe Weather today:

Once again the main risks are heavy rain, damaging winds, large hail, and intense lightning.  The best chance of storms for Eastern Kentucky will be between 8PM and 2 AM, however a few isolated storms are possible earlier.

Here's the radar and active warnings map to track the storms:

 

As I mentioned the best chance of severe weather for Eastern Kentucky will be between 8 PM and 2 AM.  Here's a look at the latest HRRR model with it's thoughts on the storm timing.

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10:00 PM

 

While that's not a guarantee, it does give us a good idea when to expect the storms and how the radar may look.  We will have updates throughout the day on WYMT if the storms do go severe.

-Shane Smith

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