While areas from Paducah to Louisville have received several rounds of rain this week, south central Kentucky has stayed relatively dry. A slow moving surface front has been located through the Ohio River Valley with several rounds of showers and storms moving along the front. Some location in Kentucky picked up 2 to 3 inches of rain in the last 3 days, while others picked up very little if any at all.
3 Day Rainfall Totals:
Meade County Mesonet (near Brandenburg)- 3.71 inches
Fulton County Mesonet (near Hickman)- 2.20 inches
Louisville Bowman Field- 1.57 inches
Bowling Green/Warren Co Regional- 0.15 inches
Allen County Mesonet (near Scottsville)- 0.00 inches
As of this morning (Thursday) the front responsible for this rainfall extended from the mid-Atlantic states, through the Ohio River Valley and down to Oklahoma. This front will finally be getting a push to the south today however, which will bring better rain chances for southern KY today through midday Friday, before the front pushes south of the state. Rainfall amounts should generally be light with totals ranging between 0.1 and 0.5 inch.
Behind the front, a trough will deepen into the area which will bring a return to cooler temperatures. An upper-level low centered over the Great Lakes associated with the trough will bring some clouds in for Saturday and a light shower can’t be ruled out early. This trough will continue to spin over the Great Lakes into Sunday before pulling out by Monday. Overall however the weather should make for a nice early fall weekend with temperatures in the mid 70s for highs while lows will return to the low 50s. Our next weather maker looks to be in the form of a cold front which will impact us on Tuesday.
Thursday: 60% chance rain and thunderstorms, especially into the evening, with a high near 78. Winds will be from 5-10 mph switching from the southwest to the west-northwest.
Friday: 40% chance of rain coming to an end by the afternoon. Morning lows will be around 61 and afternoon highs will be near 74. Winds will be out of the west to northwest from 3-7 mph.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy skies will become partly cloudy with a stray shower possible. Temperatures will be cooler with a low around 52 and a day time high around 74. Winds will be from north between 4-8 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies with a low near 50 and a high around 75.