Potential for Severe Storms Saturday, Flooding Threat Continues

Feb 23, 2018

Credit National Weather Service Paducah, paducah.gov

The National Weather Service in Paducah says showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Friday night. Heavy rainfall and worsening flood conditions can be expected.

1.5 to 2 inches of rainfall is expected between this evening and Saturday night. It will include a chance of thunderstorms and could increase flooding potential after the 4 to 6 inches of rain that fell this week.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfall are expected Saturday between 3 p.m. and midnight. The time of greatest concern for Calloway is expected to be around 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday, but strong storms are possible earlier than that as well.

Some storms could become severe with wind gusts expected into the 20 mph range Saturday and higher speeds possible during storms. Heavily saturated grounds could have an impact with trees and/or power poles falling.

While the entire region is under a risk for severe weather, there is an 'enhanced' risk in the southern Jackson Purchase area and in northwest Tennessee.

High water will last for at least the next week. With the bigger rivers high, smaller rivers and creeks will not drain anytime soon until the bigger rivers crest and begin to fall.

A regionwide flood watch continues. Many roads across the region are closed due to flooding. Stay away from flooded areas. Check the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Facebook pages for the most up to date lists: KYTCDistrict1 and KYTCDistrict2.


Sunshine is in the forecast for Sunday.


This story has been updated.