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Inching Closer to 70 Inches of Precipitation

Posted at 8:14 AM, Dec 20, 2018

By now you likely know that 2018 is Lexington’s wettest year on record. The StormTracker Weather Team has set a new goal for this year’s precipitation total. It’s the quest for 70 inches. The upcoming rounds of rain today and Friday could get us to the next benchmark.

Waves of rain will spread across the Bluegrass throughout the day. Some rain could be heavy at times. It’s just going to be a soaking rain through Friday evening. So keep the rain gear close.

Today will be mild with highs near 50°. We will get chillier Friday as a cold front tracks through early in the day. It won’t be until the evening that temperatures will drop below freezing. At the same time the rain will be pulling out. We are tracking the potential for scattered “festive flurries” and snow showers. Little to no accumulation is expected for the Bluegrass. Ground temperatures will be too warm, and this will be a quick hit of snow. Everything will taper off before Saturday morning.

This will mainly be a rain event. One to one and a half inches of rain will be possible through late Friday. Locally higher amounts can’t be ruled out following heavier bursts of rain.

Two-day rainfall totals will likely get us to 70 inches of total precipitation in Lexington. Measurable rainfall Friday will also set a new record. A record for the most days with measurable precipitation. We have recorded measurable precipitation (at least 0.01″) 45% of the days in 2018.