Strong to violent thunderstorms from late Friday evening to Saturday morning!

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Thursday brought us increased clouds, increased wind and increased temperatures! These are all signs of big changes coming at the end of the week, with the threat of strong to severe thunderstorms hitting the table late Friday night through early Saturday!

Thursday evening, light scattered showers will set in. These will be very random and will have no impact apart from a few wet roads before Friday morning. The cool winds will continue, providing even warmer conditions throughout the day! Friday highs will climb into the upper 60s and lower 70s with variably cloudy skies. Noon and afternoon might have a few peaks in sunshine – and if that happens, that will NOT be good news.

We’re tracking a strong cold front arriving in the region heading into this weekend – and it packs a punch to deliver threats from strong to severe storms. Confidence with the exact timing is not high, but we do anticipate the potential for a few strong storms developing in front of the front between 7pm and 2am. WBKO viewing area between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. All modes of severe weather are on the table, especially strong winds and tornadoes. Heavy rainfall is also a concern that could cause localized flooding. While hail is possible, it appears to be the lowest threat with these storms from Friday night to Saturday morning. Since this will be a nighttime event associated with increased confidence in significant weather conditions, we have released a First day of weather alert Specifically for From Friday evening to Saturday morning.

You want to be aware of the weather and stay prepared! Have a Severe Thunderstorm / Tornado Warning Emergency Preparedness Kit AND have an action plan for where your safe space is. You also want to have ways of receiving alerts, as this will be during a time when most are asleep. You want to have the WBKO First Alert Weather app with notifications enabled for your specific location AND a NOAA All Hazards radio. If you have a weather radio and don’t know how to use it, no worries! We have an instructional video from Chief Meteorologist Shane Holinde on how to set up alerts for your location and other locations of your choice on a weather radio. The WBKO’s Early Warning Weather Team isn’t hype about weather events – but we are concerned about the impacts and when those impacts will occur in south-central Kentucky. Stay tuned to WBKO News and the WBKO First Alert Weather app for updates heading into Friday night and Friday night.

For those coping with storm anxiety, here are some helpful resources that can help you deal with this forecast:

How to deal with storm anxiety from this forecast

FORECAST AFTER THE THUNDERSTORMS: Late Saturday morning there will be persistent showers along and just behind the front. Saturday highs will likely be at midnight or very early in the morning with the front passing through the morning hours. In the afternoon, we can expect 40’s with decreasing clouds and strong windy winds! On Sunday we have near normal highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s with dry air and sunshine. The roller coaster forecast continues into next week with highs forecast for Monday in the mid-1950s, but even warmer air will move through the middle and into the second half of next week with highs forecast in the mid to mid-1950s. upper 60s !! More volatile weather appears to return to the region next weekend with temperatures remaining above normal. It’s not your typical December that is coming so soon!

Some tips to prepare and stay informed before the storms hit!(WBKO)

3 day Bowling Green forecast:

FRIDAY: Rather cloudy, windy and unusually warm. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mostly late. Some thunderstorms could be severe. High 72. Low 64. Winds from the SW at 17 mph.

SATURDAY: Thunderstorms (some possibly severe) ending early, then dissolving. Windy and cooler. AM High 64, Time falling in the 40s in the afternoon. Low 27. Winds W at 19 mph

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. Seasonal fees. High 52. Low 29. Winds from the S at 5 mph

Thursday climate info for Bowling Green:

Today’s high: 63

Daily low: 28

Normal High: 51

Normal low: 33

Record record: 71 (1952)

Low record: -10 (1917)

Precip of the day: 0.00

Monthly precipitation: 1.53 ″ (+0.17 ″)

Annual precipitation: 52.06 ″ (+4.93 ″)

Sunset today: 4:29 p.m.

Sunrise tomorrow: 6:48 a.m.

Health and allergies:

Air quality: good (ozone count: 10 / Small particles: 35)

Pollen content: low (0.1 – weeds, trees)

Number of molds: low (4218 – Number of mold spores)

UV Index: Low (2)

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