Update - The Sun continues to get a greater share of the day

Most of the spotty showers shift east toward the mountains today, with sunshine breaking in behind. Our dry spell will be short-lived, with a risk of rain returning later Thursday.

Updates Below (most recent 6:30pm)

Hello to Wednesday... We'll be getting over the hump a little easier in our shortened work-week.

Our showers this day will be fewer and farther between than yesterday, and mainly along/east of I-79. In fact, most wont get hit with the rains. Where it's not raining, figure on an increasing amount of sunshine (we all had a taste of it yesterday).

NAM - Wednesday PM NAM - Thursday AM NAM - Thursday PM

In the sunshine, the skies will still feel hot, and temperatures will crack those mid-to-upper 80s.

On Thursday, our enjoyment of the day will be broken up by an arriving frontal boundary in the afternoon. Some scattered showers should be kicked up, but still they won't occupy a large part of the afternoon, let alone the day. That means our best opportunity for sunshine in the near future will be the second-half of today into Thursday (unless you're fortunate enough to score some rays earlier than that).

Looking beyond Thursday, we'll be greeted by another rain-maker for the second weekend in a row. Unlike last weekend, this one won't be a weakening system, so we will end up with a little more widespread coverage of the showers occupying a larger part of the day. It's a much less tropical atmosphere though, so hopefully there'll be less downpours and really steamy interludes. Here's what it looks like on the GFS:

GFS - Saturday GFS - Sunday

Most of our rain is currently targeting Saturday, with a remnant lingering into Sunday as cooler air mixes in from the northwest (we'll be seeing more of that pattern when we get into fall). The good news is that the temperatures will be dropping down from near 90 to the upper 70s. That's going to feel good-- whenever the rain pauses ;-)

Update (4:00pm) - The front to our west has developed a pattern for generating squall lines of thunderstorms that then themselves race off on their own ahead of the main front. They are able to feast on the heat and humidity out ahead, but would fade with the loss of the Sun. This very thing has happened again and is moving through central Kentucky. On the one hand it's something to keep an eye on for later in the day (Scioto county, OH is on the eastern-most edge of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch), but on the other hand it's important to say that I believe this system will weaken after sunset (and before it gets here). Keep checking the maps below for the results.

Update (6:30pm) - We continue to track that squall line that has flung itself out ahead of the front we're expecting tomorrow. It is running into some headwinds so-to-speak as it progresses into eastern Kentucky, but it still appears to have enough momentum to graze our far west counties with some boomers. So far, there have been a few wind-damage reports, but they are rather pedestrian as far as these lines go. The best storms on this line will be building to the south away from us, but check back to keep an eye on things.

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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