Strong storms possible this evening, warm day ahead

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Thursday is a WYMT Severe Weather Alert Day.

Our entire area is under a severe risk from the Storm Prediction Center, with an enhanced risk (3 out of 5) for areas near and west of Interstate 75.

There is a Wind Advisory in effect from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for the western half of the area, including I-75 and west.

Today and Tonight
While the first part of your day will be fairly calm, but as temperatures climb, our chances for rain and storms will go up, especially late this afternoon and into the evening hours.

Warm air will surge in again today, so we've upped our forecast high to close to 80 this afternoon. While I think we start the day dry, some scattered chances for showers will be around. The bulk of the action will start later this afternoon going into the evening hours.

The warm front will push through later today and the cold front is right on its heels. Once those air masses pass over the region, that will fire up those thunderstorms chances.

Right now, the timeline for any severe storms looks to be between 6 and midnight, depending on your location. The further east you are, the later you'll see those storms.

The main threats are damaging wind and hail, but a brief isolated tornado can't be ruled out, especially in the counties under the slight and enhanced risk.

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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