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Jim Caldwell's Forecast | More rounds of rain with a run at 70 degrees

Feb. 15, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) - Our run with the heavy rains and very warm temps continues today.

Once again, today will not be a total washout. As a matter of fact many of us will remain dry for a while. During that dry time some of us could see the sunshine return. If that is the case, we will be tracking highs that could potentially jump into the 70s. The best opportunity for that to happen will be in southern parts of Kentucky. If we reach 70 at the London-Corbin Airport... it is a record high. Last year they reached new record highs for February 3 different times. If we can do it again this year it would be rather impressive. It is a real possibility that we do it Thursday.

The reason we are baking in the south is because the rain will be in position to our north. Showers & even some storms will be passing through the skies of northern Kentucky. Chances around Lexington will increase as we get closer to the afternoon hours. Some of that rain could be a little on the heavy side. Keep in mind that if we can clear the skies enough, before the rain arrives, we will have a solid chance of reaching 70 here in Lexington too.

Thursday's rounds of rain will be followed by a frontal boundary that completely marches across Kentucky. This front will plow through the region and bring a brief taste of wintry weather on the back side. During the push through Kentucky you better be ready for some storms and some good soaking rains. That is what you will find as the front makes its run. Temps begin the morning around 60 and by the afternoon we will have 30s.

Here's a simple breakdown of my thoughts on specifics:

- Rain becomes a bigger issue this afternoon/evening

- Between today & Friday we pick up 1-3" of rainfall

- Swollen creeks, streams and rivers will keep running high

- Normal low-lying & flood prone areas will keep the threat of high water

Another shot of rain is trying its best to move back into Kentucky for the evening hours on Saturday. There might even be a chance that we get in on some light snow or a wintry mix during the onset.

Even more rounds of rain will be here next week. This is where we keep getting these high end totals that have 4-6" as a possibility. A very active pattern continues.

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