Update: 12:30pm – Saturday, Feb 24
A slow moving frontal boundary will lift northward as a warm front today, bringing rain showers and thunderstorms.
Rain showers and thunderstorms are expected today and tonight and will lead to a widespread 1 to 2 inches of rainfall by Sunday morning, with localized higher amounts possible. Any of the heavier showers or storms could lead to flooding or flash flooding issues.
Additionally, some of the thunderstorms starting this afternoon through tonight could be strong to severe.
The main threat with these storms will be damaging winds, but weak, brief tornadoes will be possible.
REMEMBER: Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
The National Weather Service has issued a FLOOD WATCH now through Sunday morning for central Kentucky including Fayette County/Lexington.
Several rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall are expected across the watch area from Wednesday through early Thursday. Additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected late Thursday through late Saturday night. 3 to 6 inches of rainfall is expected through Sunday morning which result in excessive runoff and flooding.
This rainfall combined with already saturated soils will lead to excessive runoff which will cause already swollen rivers to rise more. Significant and continued rises on the Ohio, the Salt, the Kentucky River, and the Green River are expected throughout the week and into the weekend. In southern Indiana, the Blue River and Muscatatuck River will see significant rises later this week.
A FLOOD WATCH means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Residents should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those persons living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Some important things to remember:
A FLOOD WATCH is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. A FLOOD WATCH means that it is time to prepare for flooding, especially if you live in a low lying area or place that has flooded before.
A FLOOD WARNING is issued when flooding is immenent or occurring. A FLOOD WARNING means that it is time to act to ensure the safety of yourself and family members.
It only takes 6 inches of flowing water to knock you off your feet.
A car or truck can be pushed off the road by as little as ONE FOOT of flowing water.
TWO FEET of water will flood cars and trucks.
If a road is flooded, you cannot be sure how deep the water is. Many drownings and deaths have occurred with vehicle drivers and pasengers being swept away in rushing water across roadways.