Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY
AWUS83 KPAH 252056
National Weather Service Paducah KY
356 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2016
A parade of weather systems continued to bring rain across the
Quad State region from the wee hours of the morning through the
middle afternoon hours on Wednesday. Even though a few storms had
the potential to produce some small hail, the vast majority of the
showers and thunderstorms today produced heavy rain and frequent
Radar estimated rainfall, stretching between roughly 3 am to 3 pm
CDT Wednesday indicated a broad area of one to one and half inches
of rain over Southeast Illinois, mainly east of Interstate 57 and
Interstate 24, and in West Kentucky from Wickliffe to Dixon
southward to the Kentucky and Tennessee state line. The vast
majority of the heavy rain in West Kentucky was east of the Land
between the Lakes.
A few locations in West Kentucky received enough heavy rain to
warrant the issuance of urban and small stream flood advisories
during the late morning and afternoon hours. Water was flowing
over a few locations on Highway 45 just north of Mayfield shortly
before 2 pm CDT Wednesday afternoon.
The mixture of clouds and weak southerly flow across the area kept
low temperatures in the lower and middle 60s.
The prevalence of clouds and rain kept temperatures across most
the Quad State region in the middle 60s to upper 70s, especially
east of the Mississippi River. A few locations in Southeast
Missouri managed to reach around the 80 degree mark.
The Quad State region will remain in an unsettled weather pattern
going into the Memorial Day weekend. High Pressure at the surface
and aloft will slowly drift east, while low pressure will slowly
move from northeast Colorado into western Nebraska and Northwest
Kansas. The combination of these two major weather features will
keep a train of weather disturbances moving from southwest to
northeast across the area.
Pockets of locally heavy rain, along with frequent and dangerous
lightning, will be the most likely impact for resident and
visitors during the upcoming holiday weekend.
As the area of low pressure moves from the upper Midwest into
Canada, high pressure will build back into the region. This will
briefly reduce rain chances during the latter part of the Memorial
holiday weekend. However, a return to a wet summer like pattern is
expected to return by the middle of next week.
Temperatures, outside of rainy locations, will be in the lower and
middle 80s, with lows in the 60s.
For a more detailed meteorological discussion, please refer to
the Area Forecast Discussion product (PIL SDFAFDPAH).