The main threat for severe weather still looks to be later this evening (after 10pm) as a squall line is expected to develop ahead of a cold front and push northwest to southeast across Kentucky. In the meantime, we’ll be watching the development of isolated to scattered strong to severe storms this afternoon (in this ripe atmosphere). Brief heavy rainfall and gusts are going to be the main threats for any afternoon convection. For now, the best timing is for the squall line is around I-71 by 10-12am; Lexington/Bluegrass and I-75 close to 1-2am; and areas east of I-75 during the pre-dawn hours. Damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and an isolated tornado are possible for most of the WKYT viewing audience (a much lower chance for far Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky). The severe threat is expected to diminish in as it heads through Eastern Kentucky overnight (as the atmosphere stabilizes a little after the loss of daytime heating). Showers end west to east Saturday with much cooler conditions to follow. For now, looks like kickoff for the Wildcats Home Opener looks dry with gradually clearing skies through the game. Temperatures by then should be in the upper 60s.
We’ll keep you posted as the day progresses.
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