FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY | Chris Bailey Heavy Rain and Gusty Winds

First Alert Weather Day
First Alert Weather Day(wkyt)
Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 2:32 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 20, 2023 at 3:17 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s Thanksgiving week and we have a big storm system ready to blow through here with a lot of rain and wind over the next few days. This is part of a very active pattern that takes on more of a winter look and feel this weekend into next week.

It’s a WKYT First Alert Weather Day as we track an impactful system for holiday travel:

  • Low pressure moves from the Mississippi Valley into western Kentucky tonight and Tuesday. This winds up in the Great Lakes by Tuesday night.
  • Showers develop in the west early today and these will slowly push eastward into the evening hours.
  • Rain and some thunderstorms then increase from southwest to northeast tonight and Tuesday.
  • I can’t rule out a few strong storms across southcentral and southeastern Kentucky Tuesday.
  • Rain tapers to scattered showers Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as the low pulls away.
  • Rainfall numbers should average .50 to 1.5″ for many with some local 2″ amounts possible.
  • Winds are a big player with this system with gusts of 40mph possible. There’s an outside shot of gusts to 50mph in the south and east.
  • The air behind this is chilly but not as cold as what it looked like a few days ago. That’s pushed back deeper into the weekend.
  • Wednesday stays in the 40s for much of the day for highs.
  • Thanksgiving Day looks mainly dry with temps deep into the 20s to start with afternoon highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.