Friday, June 19, 2015

Lots of rain headed our way

What's left over from Tropical Storm Bill, which lashed the Gulf Coast a few days ago, is now headed for the Ohio Valley. That means it will be wet, very wet across Kentucky tonight and Saturday. Rain could continue into Sunday but with lesser chances for precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Ohio River counties in Kentucky, including Crittenden, Union and Livingston counties, as well as for all of southern Illinois and southeast Missouri. The watch will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Saturday.

Multiple rounds of showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected through tonight. A few thunderstorms could reach severe limits, with high winds being the primary concern.

The additional heavy rainfall on top of already saturated soils will likely result in flash flooding. The rain will also aggravate river flooding already in progress. Expected rainfall from this weather system will cause sharp rises on smaller, fast-responding rivers.

Creeks, streams, city streets and other urban areas could flood, the weather service said.

Persons in or near these waterways will need to keep posted on the latest forecasts, and be prepared to seek ground quickly. 

Much of Kentucky will see 3 inches or more of rainfall over the next couple of days.

Then starting on Sunday and continuing until Thursday of next week there will be heat... and lots of it. Daytime highs will be in the 90s each day, the NWS said, and could climb near triple digits. Mixed with humidity, the heat index could climb over 100.