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Lexington, KY to get inch or more of rain through Friday


A pedestrian crosses Short Street in downtown Lexington during a rain shower Thursday, March 18, 2021. The wet weather is expected through at least Friday this week.

A pedestrian crosses Short Street in downtown Lexington during a rain shower Thursday, March 18, 2021. The wet weather is expected through at least Friday this week.

rhermens@herald-leader.com

Lexington and other parts of Central Kentucky can expect weather that’s a little warmer and wetter than usual through the end of the work week.

Waves of rain have fallen in Lexington since Monday, and forecasters expect it to continue through Friday, with the heaviest precipitation likely Thursday night, according to outlooks from the National Weather Service in Louisville.

“Generally speaking, we’re in a wet pattern,” NWS meteorologist Brian Neudorff said Tuesday morning. “We will see another round of wet (weather), potential wet system coming in for the early part of next week.”

By Friday, Lexington residents can expect anywhere from an inch to an inch and a half of total rainfall, Neudorff predicts. Higher totals are likely in the Cumberland area, with expectations of 2 inches and up to 3 inches on the high side.

All the rain is largely welcome news. Neudorff points out that with most the state experiencing drought or dry conditions, the steady precipitation will be “very, very beneficial.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor reports, as of Nov. 29, a large stretch of central, western and southwestern Kentucky is seeing severe drought conditions. Another good chunk of the state is under moderate drought, while a patch of eastern Kentucky is considered abnormally dry.

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This map of Kentucky from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows dry and drought status across the Bluegrass State as of the Nov. 29. U.S. Drought Monitor

As of Monday, the Lexington area is around 3.88 inches below normal rainfall for the year, according to the NWS.

While the rain is forecast to continue this week, temperatures will be a bit warmer than normal for this time of year, Neudorff said. Tuesday night lows are expected to be in the mid-50s, with lows in the upper 40s by Thursday morning.

Forecasters do not expecting freezing temperatures in the immediate seven-day outlook.

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Jackie Starkey is the service journalism editor for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Centre Daily Times and Belleville News-Democrat. She is a graduate of UNC Asheville and previously worked for the Carteret County News-Times in coastal North Carolina. She is based at the Herald-Leader in Lexington.





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