After a mostly calm and quiet weekend, rain has returned. Showers started late Sunday and continues into today with widespread light to moderate rain. Temperatures remain above freezing which will keep all precipitation in the liquid variety but will undoubtedly lead to an increase in flood concerns. Rainfall is falling across the central and eastern portions of the state.
The front that started the rain up yesterday is slowly pushing southeast bringing most of the rain with it. The problem with this, is these are the areas that don’t need it. Flooding has been rampant across the southeast, especially in the Cumberland River watershed. Water has been running high and has had very little opportunity to recede. The additional rainfall will add to an already high running river and likely lead to more flooding. A FLOOD WARNING remains in effect for the Cumberland River, and a FLOOD WATCH is in effect for McCreary, Whitley, Knox, Bell, and Harlan Counties through noon Tuesday, if not later. Even if you live outside of these counties, flooding is still possible, especially along the Kentucky River and its tributaries. Watch for high eater all week as an additional one to three inches are possible for rainfall through Friday. Temperatures will remain above freezing (for the most part) through the active weather meaning it will all be (mostly) rain that falls. Temperatures will fall late-week for Valentines Day before a bounce back over the weekend.