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Be ready for severe storms Thursday night!

by Ben Pine

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 7:22 AM

Latest timing of tonight's squall line of severe storms:

West of I-65: 9-11pm

Metro Louisville/I-65: 11-1am

East of I-65: 1-3am

The Futurecast maps below are also timing out the storms for you. Ahead of the cold front, it will turn quite windy with wind gusts 20-40 mph.  A  Wind Advisory until 2am Friday.  It will be in the 80s today, and that warm and unstable air will feed the strong storms on the way.

A strong cold front will produce the severe storms late tonight.  Hopefully, the storms will weaken a bit overnight, but could stay rather strong, especially for areas west of I-65, where there is a Moderate Risk of Severe Storms. Our main severe weather threats will be damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, isolated tornadoes, hail, frequent lightning, and heavy rain.  Storms will be long gone before sunrise Friday.  Turning more winter-like by Friday afternoon with chilly winds and temperatures dropping through the 50s. 

The last map shows something that doesn't happen around here very often, a Moderate Risk of Severe Storm from the Storm Prediction Center.  This shows the increased confidence in the chances of severe storms tonight.  Have you and your family ready for the storms before bedtime tonight.