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Forecast for the 145th Kentucky Oaks

Posted at 7:22 PM, May 02, 2019

Derby weekend is upon us, and unfortunately again this year the forecast will be on the soggy side. So pack those ponchos, opt for rain boots over heels, and enjoy the fastest two minutes in sports with all your new friends in the rain. But if you’re heading to the Downs for the Kentucky Oaks, the odds will be more in your favor.

There will be a brief break after a round of scattered strong and severe thunderstorms this evening. Later tonight the next push of rain arrives, and it could be heavy in spots. Steady rain will continue to fall during the first half of Friday. Things start looking up during the afternoon as the shield of rain pushes east. We will get some time to dry out later in the day. Perfect for everyone at Churchill Downs!

Even though post time will be drier, skies will still be cloudy. The clouds will create a nice backdrop for all the bright pink. But we won’t stay dry for long.

Have you picked your mudder yet? There’s more rain to come on Derby Day. While it may not be an exact repeat of last year’s wettest Derby, a soaking rain will be falling on Saturday. These rounds of rain will finally draw to a close Sunday morning. By then one to two inches of rain, with locally higher amounts near the Ohio River.