There’s a lot going on this Saturday, and naturally the weather doesn’t want to cooperate. Today is the Last Day of Keeneland’s 2019 Fall Meet, and tonight, the Cats take on the Tigers of Missouri at Kroger Field.
The rain will be the big reason people stay home today. While not *technically* a washout, it’ll still be widespread rain showers that stay fairly persistent through the morning. Rain showers will slacken back to scattered for midday before a line of thunderstorms picks up the rain intensity later this evening.
Rain amounts look to run on the minor end this morning with only a few tenths to a half inch expected with the initial rain shield. The line of thunderstorms will drop the most rain and is expected to put down between a half inch and an inch in the central and eastern Kentucky counties. Totals will range between 3/4 of an inch to 1.75" and localized amounts to 2." Minor flooding is possible and watch for ponding on roadways.
Due to the nature of the post-tropical low, wind will be a factor today as well. Wind will start out of the southeast this morning and will be ramping up and turning southwesterly through the afternoon/evening. Sustained winds between 10-20 mph and up to 25 are expected. Gusts will range from 30-40 mph with occasional gusts to 50 mph at times. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect and will remain so through 9:00 PM this evening. High-profile vehicles such as semis, and RVs may have difficulty steering on west-east oriented highways. Use caution.
Keeneland may have the best weather of the day. Still, you still need to prep for rain. Showers will turn from widespread to scattered for midday. This means that there will be a few breaks in the action. Even with the breaks, it will still be chilly and windy at the track, so dress accordingly.
The Cats game will be met with the line of thunderstorms that will slide east with the cold front. The front is projected to roll through Lexington Metro around 9:00 PM tonight so have the rain jackets and ponchos on and ready to get under the concourse. Also, remember that with the wind, it will feel cooler than it actually is, especially later in the game. After the line of storms pushes through, wind will start to calm, and the rain will slacken. Use caution as roads will be slippery as your leave the game this evening.
Rain ends overnight for the Bluegrass and through the early morning for eastern counties.