LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - While there are a few peeks of sunshine, clouds have overtaken the area, for the most part, this afternoon. We've still managed to get to 70° here in Louisville and don't expect much cooling tonight, only getting down into the lower 60s here in the city.
We'll likely stay dry through tomorrow afternoon the way things look right now as warm air aloft keeps a lid on storm development. As we remain in the warm sector of tomorrow's storm system, winds should kick up during the afternoon, possibly gusting to 40 mph+ in spots. Those winds will easily get us into the upper 70s for highs tomorrow, but any sunshine would drive us to 80°+. It will only take us surpassing 78° to break the record for the warmest ever day in the month of February in Louisville.
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Friday evening the well-advertised cold front arrives and that's when things could get turbulent. Storm cells developing near the Wabash River of southwest Indiana will try to congeal into a line of storms and push into our area after 6 p.m. Meanwhile, another line of storms may develop just east of that one near the I-65 corridor around mid evening and become the new dominant line of storms. The latest data continues to suggest a midnight Friday night time frame for us to wrap up storms as they push east. Damaging winds will be the main threat with these storms, but there is a small risk for an isolated tornado, mainly during the initial development of individual storm cells and then once again in either of the aforementioned storm lines if they develop kinks in their shape.
The absolute highest chance of severe weather looks to be north and northeast of Louisville, but areas along and north of I-64, including Louisville, are in the Storm Prediction Center’s Enhanced Risk of severe weather tomorrow night. The remainder of the area is under a Slight Risk. We’ll be cooler for the weekend in the 40s with another warm up and rain chances on the maps for early to mid next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, very windy, 80% chance of strong storms late.
HIGH: 82° (Record: 71° in 2000, all-time February record: 78°)
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, blustery
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, a cold start, continued cool
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