SEVERE WEATHER RISK THURSDAY
An unusually powerful late winter storm will cross the region Thursday afternoon and night. Ahead of the storm, strong southerly winds will gust to 30 miles per hour much of Thursday. This will help propel high temperatures into the 60s before the rain arrives.
By noon, the first showers will be arriving from the west. But it’s the storm line that is expected to cross the region between 5 and 10 at night that bears close scrutiny. A Tornado threat will exist through much of Central and Western Kentucky and Southwestern Ohio (in a crescent from Paducah to Louisville to Cincinnati to Lexington) by Thursday afternoon. This same storm line will arrive locally with pockets of high winds (brief gusts to 50 mph) and localized flooding downpours in the evening.
Early indications point toward a stormy Thursday night in our region with strong winds to last into Friday when things dry out.
One final word of caution, ahead of the rain squalls, windy weather will spell a high fire danger on Thursday. Since spring fire season is now underway area wide, it is important to note it is now illegal to burn before 4PM in WV and before 6PM in Ohio and Kentucky. Naturally, Thursday night’s rains will quell the fire threat comprehensively!