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Severe weather threat continues today and tomorrow

by Ben Pine

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 9:36 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Severe weather season is finally kicking into gear!  Be ready for severe weather chances later today and again tomorrow afternoon and evening.  

The storms we had this morning may limit storms from firing up for a while today, and that's good.  If we get a decent amount of sunshine, that's bad.  The air is expected to get a bit unstable this afternoon and storms will be possible.  

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The first map below shows the Storm Prediction Center has our area under a Slight Risk of Severe Storms today and tonight.   

The next map shows the tornado risk.  The risk is low (5%) over our area, and much higher to the south.  A tornado outbreak is not expected here, but possible to the south.  

The next map shows the damaging wind threat today is higher for areas to the southeast of Louisville.  The fourth map shows the large hail threat is similar to where the high wind threat area.

The fifth map shows tomorrow also has a Slight Risk of Severe Weather.   The Storm Prediction Center has areas along and east of I-65 with the best chance of strong/severe storms tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Notice on the two Futurecast maps, that the weather is looking fairly quiet for much of the afternoon, then becoming busier again this evening.   It does look like areas in Southern Kentucky have a higher chance of severe storms later today and tonight, than areas to the north.  

To sum it up, even if the chance is small, be ready for storms today and tomorrow.  Any storm could contain damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, large hail, heavy rain, frequent lightning, an isolated tornado, and could cause flooding.  After Tuesday the severe weather threat is over and we'll just see a few showers every now and again through Derby Day.