Get ready for a mess out there today! The remnants of Laura is getting closer to making its mark on the Tri-State.
For this morning, we are walking out the door to tropical-like conditions. Low temperatures only dipped down into the mid to upper 70s... so it's needless to say, it's feeling very soupy out there. We will continue to see dew points well above 70 and temperatures rising into the 80s ahead of heavy rain and thunderstorm activity from Laura.
Right now, Tropical Depression Laura continues weakening as it progresses to the north northeast. The core of the system is centralized over Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri; it's still producing 35 mph wind speeds and significant amounts of rainfall. The Tri-State is already beginning to see signs of Laura, with light rain showers this morning. It looks as though the greatest threat for heavy rainfall will occur between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. today.
The heaviest of that rainfall will likely be delegated to our Kentuckian counties. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Hardin (IL), Crittenden, Caldwell, Webster, Hopkins, McLean and Muhlenberg Counties until 1 a.m. Saturday. These areas may receive between 1" to 2" of precipitation throughout Friday.
The Storm Prediction Center of America has placed the entire region under a "1" and "2" on the Threat Index for Friday afternoon and evening. The tropical nature of Laura's remnants will create an environment favorable for the development of broad rotation aloft; some of the areas of rotation may produce brief funnel clouds or even tornadoes (especially south of the Ohio). There's also the possibility for damaging straight line winds.
Remember to remain "Weather Aware" today.