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Dramatic weather changes within 24 hours!

Dramatic weather changes within 24 hours!

by Ben Pine

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 8:36 AM

First we had a record high tie of 71 this morning, then the severe storms rolled through Kentuckiana.  We are currently in a break with the prefrontal rain/storms to our east, with mild temperatures in the 50s.   Look closely in Illinois, see those showers?  That's the actua cold front.  Notice the temperatures in the 50s here, 40s in St. Louis, then 20s in Kansas City! 

This map says it all!  Those showers along the front will move in later this afternoon, then the cold air arrives and could switch some light rain over to some flurries tonight.  Temperatures drop down to the upper 20s overnight, with wind chills down to the teens.  that's about a 45 degrees drop within 24 hours.  And, oh ya, we have that Wind Advisory until 4pm, but the winds will still be whipping 20-30 mph overnight. 

Be a bit careful early Thursday with the bitter wind chills and watch for some icy spots on the roads with the plummeting temperatures.  Wow, what a different 24 hours makes!

FRANKFORT, KY. (Jan. 30, 2013) – No confirmed tornadoes or widespread damage has been reported to Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) after last night’s storms moved through the Commonwealth. Local officials have submitted reports of scattered damages, mostly due to high winds. Most reports are in western Kentucky. 

The National Weather Service Offices serving Kentucky issued numerous severe weather and tornado watches in the past 18 hours, some of which remain in effect as this weather system continues eastward.

Initial reports indicate damage in the following counties:

·        Calloway County – The equine barn at Murray State University was struck by lightning; visible smoke but no fire. All livestock were safely removed.

·        McCracken County - Major damage to several homes in Briensburg. One mobile home was severely damaged, and a garage was moved off its foundation.

·        Muhlenberg County - One mobile home was overturned. Significant tree and power line damage in the Dunmor/Rosewood area.

·        Christian County - Two homes damaged in the Herndon area; two businesses damaged in the Pembroke area.

·        Barren County - Unconfirmed reports of roofs in the roadways. Power lines and poles reported down in the Cave City area.

·        Metcalfe County – Several trees down and roads blocked; 500 to 1,000 customers out of power.

·        Marion County – A mobile home was overturned, and one person reported injured.

·        McCreary County – Nearly 1,000 customers are out of power.  Several trees were reported down on multiple county roads.


KYEM encourages residents with storm damage to report it to their county emergency manager.  A list of all Kentucky County Emergency Managers can be found at


Once it is safe to do so, photograph damages and save repair receipts for insurance purposes.Should you encounter a downed power line, do not approach it.  Call your utility provider. While travelling, if you encounter water over a roadway, STOP, TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN!  Find an alternate route.


Weather safety tips and weather alerts, can be found on the KYEM website at and at, which also has regional weather forecasts. Travel conditions across the Commonwealth can be found at

Total rainfall from this morning from the MSD rain gauges:

Current Rainfall Conditions as of
Jan 30, 2013 11:20 AM
ID Site Rainfall
TR01 D. R. Guthrie WQTC 0.00 0.79
TR02 PRP Fire Station Training Facility 0.00 0.55
TR03 Shively PS 0.00 0.78
TR04 Morris Forman WQTC 0.00 1.03
TR05 Beargrass Creek PS 0.00 0.98
TR06 Hite Creek WQTC 0.00 0.77
TR07 Floyds fork WQTC 0.00 0.80
TR08 Fern Creek Fire Station #3 0.00 1.32
TR09 Cedar Creek WQTC 0.00 1.10
TR10 Camp Horine (Jefferson Co. Forest) 0.00 0.91
TR11 Northern Ditch PS 0.00 0.71
TR12 Nightingale PS 0.00 0.71
TR13 St. Matthews Elementary School 0.00 0.83
TR14 Lea Ann Way PS 0.00 0.63
TR15 Jeffersontown WQTC 0.00 0.89
TR17 Mt. St. Francis 0.00 0.87
TR18 IVY Tech 0.00 0.69
TR19 Fairdale High School 0.00 0.70