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Alert for overnight storms

14 First Alert 12/5 at 10pm
Published: Dec. 5, 2021 at 4:27 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2021 at 11:16 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - We are on alert for the possibility of a few strong to severe storms overnight. A Tornado Watch has been issued for most of western Kentucky as well as Saline and Gallatin Counties in Illinois until 4 AM. That means tornadoes are possible near or in the Tri-State, and you should be prepared to seek shelter if a warning is issued.

While an isolated tornado is certainly possible, the more likely concern is that these storms may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts as well as heavy rain, which could cause localized flooding in low-lying and poorly drained areas.

Most of the northwest half of the Tri-State will probably pick up 0.5 to 1″ of rain from this system, but those to the southeast will probably get 1 to 1.5″ of rain with some isolated totals around 2″ possible.

Our thunderstorm chances will taper off by about 3 or 4 AM, but a few showers will linger into early Monday morning, mainly in western Kentucky. The entire Tri-State will be dry about 8 AM, and the clouds will quickly clear as well, leaving the rest of Monday mostly sunny.

However, the cold front bringing us these overnight storms will also have a major impact on our temperatures. A warm wind from the southwest will keep our temperatures mild overnight, holding steady in the 60s until about midnight, then falling through the 50s later tonight as the storms roll through our region. As the rain moves out, our wind direction will change, and colder air will blow in from the northwest. Despite plenty of sunshine, we will spend most of Monday in the upper 30s to low 40s!

Tuesday will be even colder, starting with morning lows in the low 20s, and only climbing into the mid 30s under partly to mostly cloudy skies Tuesday afternoon. We may get a few flurries or some light rain/snow mix Tuesday evening and into the overnight hours as a warm front moves through our region, but we are not expecting any snow accumulation at this time.

That warm front will usher in a warm-up for the second half of the week. We will top out in the mid 40s Wednesday under mostly sunny skies, then we will climb into the mid to upper 50s Thursday and mid 60s Friday. However, Thursday and Friday will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain as another weather system approaches our region. That system will bring us rain and a cool down next weekend.

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