Approaching cold front brings showers and storms late Thursday

(WYMT) - The upper 60s and lower 70s have been a nice change weather-wise for us in Eastern Kentucky. That is what today's highs are and will continue to be for Thursday. Unfortunately, a strong cold front will bring showers and storms. Behind that front, colder temperatures will return. Let's discuss.

Increasing cloud cover will be the main story tonight with lows only dropping into the mid-50s. Look for a stray shower chance overnight at 20%.

A cold front will approach the Commonwealth, ramping up the chances for showers and even some strong storms Thursday. A mix of sun and clouds will be the main story throughout the day with more southerly winds at 10-15 mph. In return, highs will climb into the mid-70s tomorrow!

Here in Eastern Kentucky, showers will be possible throughout the morning and afternoon at 30%. As we head into the evening and overnight hours, the cold front will approach the region. Areas near the I-75 corridor are under a marginal risk (1 out of 5) for severe weather. Strong winds and heavy rain, with the possibility of some small hail, are our main concerns with any storms at this point.

Highs will surge into the low to mid-70s before dropping into the 50s overnight.

Extended Forecast
Highs on Friday will be at midnight. As of now, it looks to be in the upper 50s to lower 60s before temperatures fall into the upper 40s by the afternoon. Rain chances will linger early, especially in far Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia.

The first half of the weekend looks dry, but much colder. We'll see sun mixed with clouds on Saturday with highs only in the 40s.

Hopefully, the luck of the Irish will keep us dry for St. Patrick's Day on Sunday. Fingers crossed! As of now, models like an isolated rain chance late Sunday and into Monday.

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