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Timing out Kentucky Derby rain showers

Kentucky Derby 145 won't be a total washout, but plan on showers - let's map it out!

Here we go... it's Derby time! There are no major changes to our unsettled and occasionally wet forecast through Saturday.

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Just continue be prepared with the ponchos and umbrellas throughout the day. On the plus side, temperatures will stay warm/mild with highs near 70 for the Kentucky Derby.  

Let's first take a look at our event forecasts, then follow with a look at our Futurecast maps.

Now, as we head into Derby morning it's still looking mostly dry.  The next disturbance will roll through Saturday afternoon with steady light to moderate rain.  Although much of the afternoon will likely be wet, there's still a chance the rain could taper off in time for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at the 6:50 p.m. post time!

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Generally, we can expect 1-2" rainfall totals through Saturday. The rain should happen over a long enough period of time, that widespread flooding is not expected.  Bottom line, while you're planning out that perfect outfit, include the matching rain gear!

Throughout the last 145 years, about 50% of Oaks and Derby days have had rain.  Last year was the wettest Kentucky Derby on record with over 3.00" of rainfall.  Check out more Oaks and Derby stats below!

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Despite the wet and unsettled weather expected again for this years Derby, enjoy the races and the overall atmosphere during this special time of the year here in Kentuckiana. 

- Meteorologists T.G. Shuck, Ben Pine and Kaitlynn Fish