Eastern Kentucky Weather

Strong Storms and Heavy Rain Possible on Wednesday

By: Shane Smith
By: Shane Smith

Chief Meteorologist Shane Smith is tracking the potential of some strong storms on Wednesday and heavy rain that will linger into Thursday.

9:00 PM Update:

The tornado watch was cancelled, however we still have flash flood watch in effect until tomorrow afternoon for most of Eastern Kentucky.  Heavy rains look likely over night and could lead to some high water problems.  The chance of severe weather looks to have passed at this point.  Remember if you come across a flooded roadway, "turn around, don't drown."  65% of all flash flooding fatalities are in a car.
 

2:30 PM Update:

Most of the area is now under a tornado watch until 8:00 PM:

 



Here's a reminder about the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning:



The prime time for storms looks to be after 4:00 PM.  Be sure to check in throughout the evening.

Original Post:
Good Wednesday afternoon to you.  The blog is getting a little bit of an early update today as we are watching the risk of severe weather once again this afternoon across Eastern Kentucky.  The Storm Prediction Center out in Norman, OK has put us under a slight risk for severe weather today.  The main threats are damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, and lightning.  While this will likely not be a major outbreak, much like yesterday a few of these storms could cause some minor damage.

 

 

You can track the storms as they move in on the radar below:

And warnings will automatically update on this map, just click refresh on your browser to get the latest warnings.  The expiration times will also appear on the map.

 

The HRRR computer model usually does a good job in set ups like today's, and it says storms will approach I-75 by 6 PM.

And will likely be entering the Big Sandy Valley by late this evening (after 9 PM).

Most of us will likely see an additional half inch to inch of rain on top of what we saw yesterday.   This could create some isolated flooding problems.

 

Follow the WYMT Facebook and Twitter pages for rapid fire updates if severe weather breaks out this evening.  
 

-Shane Smith

 

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