WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed February 29, 2012
Tornado Watch In Effect Today
Much of our region is under a tornado watch today. Two waves of storms are expected, bringing a threat of severe storms and tornadoes. Some areas are already experiencing severe weather.
A strong low pressure system is moving across the upper Mississippi River valley today, with a cold front pushing out ahead of the low. One wave of thunderstorms will cross central Kentucky around daybreak through late morning, with the main threats being damaging winds and isolated tornadoes, mainly south of the I 64 corridor. Additionally, small hail, brief heavy rainfall and cloud to ground lightning will be a threat with any storm.
After a brief lull in activity late morning, showers and storms could erupt again just ahead of the cold front early this afternoon. Damanging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible. Locally heavy rainfall and lightning will accompany any storm, as well. In addition to the severe weather, winds will be gusty outside of any storms, with sustained winds of 20-25mph and gusts to 40mph being possible.