We’ve held off as best we could, but nothing has improved in the forecast for Derby Day. Light and scattered showers have been the case through much of the morning, but the more persistent stuff has yet to arrive. Temperatures start mild in the mid to upper 50s as cooler air worked in overnight. Expect rain showers and thunderstorms to increase in odds through the day.
As the ponies are racing later this evening, rain showers will be prevalent. It will end up being a sloppy day at Churchill Downs. The good news is that the storms around today look to stay “run-of-the-mill” and the severe potential is low. Still, torrential rainfall and frequent lightning will occur under some of these clusters. Strong wind gusts are not ruled out either. The end of the weekend looks better (go figure). Showers will taper off through Sunday morning, especially for the Bluegrass and I-75 corridor. Skies will begin to clear by the afternoon and more sunshine will be available before the sun sets on Sunday. The beginning of next week looks sunny and warm. Next best chance for rain is middle to end of the upcoming work week.