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Forecast: Tracking Friday's Severe Storm Potential

We have had a pretty quiet Friday morning, but things could be getting intense this evening. Most of the showers and storms this morning have stayed just to our north, but a few showers or storms may pop up locally later this morning. If they do we will be drying out by this afternoon. In the afternoon, the heat and humidity will rapidly increase, helping to create a very favorable environment for severe storms this evening. We have been upgraded to a Moderate severe weather risk for this evening. Our greatest concern will be large hail (potentially larger than 2" in diameter) and damaging winds. However, we can't rule out an isolated tornado or localized flooding. There will also be frequent cloud to ground lightning with these storms. It's hard to pinpoint the exact times, but we are looking at this threat from 6PM-12AM. Looking at the models this morning, it seems the heaviest stuff will come around 8PM. Again, the timing could change slightly throughout the day, so stay tuned with us and plan to be indoors this evening! 

Beyond the severe threat today, a cold front will sweep past us tonight, then its parent low pressure system will sink southward throughout the weekend. This will bring us scattered showers Saturday and Sunday, primarily in the afternoon and evening hours each day. These storms will keep our high temperatures in the mid to low 80s.

Next week, we will be in an unsettled weather pattern, so our forecast could easily change as next week approaches, but for now, we can't rule out pop-up showers and storms each day next week. Temperatures will gradually climb into the more seasonable upper 80s by the middle of next week.

Please stay weather aware today by staying tuned to the WNKY Weather Team over the next 24 hours for the latest on this severe weather potential for south-central Kentucky.

-Meteorologist Kristy Steward

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