Nearly all of our region is now under a MODERATE to HIGH Risk today.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 tonight for all Kentucky counties west of Daviess, McLean, and Muhlenberg. The watch area also includes Alexander, Massac, Pope, Johnson, and Pulaski counties in southernmost Illinois as well as Henry, Obion, Dyer, Lake, and Weakley counties in northwest Tennessee.
The watch is the result of a strong storm system rapidly moving east through our region out of the plains states. This system will also bring high winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour and a chance of large hail.
A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in the area. Be ready to move to a safe place if threatening weather approaches. Again we have a tornado watch in effect for our region until 7 tonight. We'll keep you updated as the situation develops.
The National Weather Service in Paducah says severe thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes are possible Sunday.
Meteorologist David Humphrey said there are both warm cold fronts rolling in Sunday, causing two lines of storms. But he said since the hazardous weather is still days away, he can’t confirm any details on the severity or timeline.
“I just want to say Sunday,” Humphrey said. “We have a warm front passing early in the day, so you can have a batch of storms develop there. And you have a cold front coming in later in the day, you of course have a line there. We could have scattered storms that are occurring that merge into a line. We could have tornadic storms that when they merge into a line turn into more straightline storms.
Humphrey said although the weather pattern could change slightly, it seems the worst of the storm should hit late Sunday afternoon and night.