Showers, Storms and the Potential for Flooding

The threat of Severe Weather and heavy rainfall heads our way.

Posted: Apr 27, 2021 6:20 PM

Just another day in paradise, am I right? High temperatures soaring into the low 80s, plenty of sunshine and a strong southwesterly breeze made for a nearly flawless Tuesday throughout the Tri-State. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and our pleasant conditions will find themselves on the way out of the region as early as tonight and tomorrow morning. That being said, there's no reason not to make the most of the beautiful weather while it lasts - temperatures are only expected to fall as low as 71° by the time 10PM rolls around. Overcast skies will arrive overnight and morning lows will dip into the upper 60s - while a few showers may arrive Wednesday morning, the real rain chances won't get underway until Wednesday afternoon.

Showers and thunderstorms being driven eastward by a slow-moving core of low pressure and associated cold front will affect the Tri-State during the second half of our Wednesday and the first half of our Thursday. Some of the storms during this period may even produce strong winds, small hail and even brief broad tornadic rotation. As a result, the Storm Prediction Center has placed the entirety of the region under a "1" on the Threat Index; the greatest threat for Severe Weather will occur between the hours of 5PM Wednesday and 7AM Thursday. It looks as though some lingering rainfall may continue to pass across the Ohio Valley up until dinnertime Thursday; by the time it's all said and done, most of us will have already received between 1" and 3" of precipitation in total!

At least, we'll get a chance to dry out over the weekend ahead - the forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is exactly what you want to see for a spring weekend in the Tri-State. With the last of the rainfall and cloud cover exiting Thursday evening, Friday will be clearer and cooler; we can expect highs near 69° under mostly sunny skies that day, though a northerly wind flow near 10 or 20 mph could make things still feel pretty cool as we all wrap up the work week. Saturday on the other hand, looks perfect - we'll kick off the weekend under clear skies with a high of 73°. Sunday will bring about a few more clouds, but I'm not sure anyone will complain about reaching 78° under partly cloudy skies.

Evansville
Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 30°
Owensboro
Cloudy
31° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 24°
Princeton
Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 24°
Madisonville
Cloudy
35° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 35°
Jasper
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 19°
Our Tuesday was nothing short of chilly, gloomy, gray and wintry throughout the Tri-State; afternoon high temperatures only reached as high as the middle to low 30s throughout the region. Our peak temperature of 32° in Evansville was 16° below the norm for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, cloud cover and cool air will linger - additionally, there have been reports of sporadic flurries on and off throughout the day and some portions in the Lower Ohio Valley may continue to see brief snow showers through 10 o’clock this evening. Our winds will shift southward overnight tonight into early Wednesday morning and while it won’t necessarily drive temperatures higher for the predawn hours, It will help keep temperatures from falling much further than where they currently stand. Extract the morning low temperature near 29° in Evansville as we kick off our midweek.
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