08:25 PM EST
The National Weather Service (NWS) Doppler Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail. The NWS issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northeastern Bullitt County, Northern Nelson County, Southern Shelby County and Spencer County in north central Kentucky.
The risk of damaging thunderstorms will affect the Tennessee and Ohio valleys tonight. A couple of the strongest storms can produce a tornado.
Powerful thunderstorms will visit some areas hit by damaging storms a day earlier and blanketed by snow this past weekend.
Radar showing thunderstorms firing up over part of northern and central Kentucky.
According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "Discrete thunderstorms are forecast to ignite in portions of southern Indiana, southwestern Ohio, much of western and central Kentucky and much and western and central Tennessee this evening."
Cities in the path of the storms forecast to erupt include Lexington and Bowling Green in Kentucky, Cincinnati in Ohio, Clarksville, Jackson and Nashville in Tennessee.
According to Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller, "Overnight, there is the risk of severe thunderstorms stretching from part of the West Virginia to northern Mississippi."
A line of storms is forecast to develop this evening ahead of an advancing cold front.
This phenomenon is known as a squall line and is notorious for bringing high straight-line winds and a brief period of very heavy rain, while resulting in a reduced tornado threat.
In addition to the risk of a few tornadoes, many of the storms will bring strong wind gusts, hail, blinding downpours and frequent lightning strikes.
A number of communities could be hit with damaging winds gusts, power outages and destructive large hail this afternoon into tonight.
Folks planning on being on the road or outdoors during this time should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and should keep alert on official watches and warnings issued for their area.
As the storms approach and move through prospective areas, disruptions to flights are likely to occur at area airports.
North of the severe weather threat area, a snowstorm will unfold from Chicago to Detroit tonight.
The risk of severe thunderstorms will develop along the southern Atlantic Seaboard during Friday.
After a period of above-average temperatures across most of the Midwest and Northeast last week, a complete reversal in the weather pattern will move in this week.
A new round of thunderstorms will bring the risk of severe weather across parts of Texas and Oklahoma to the lower Mississippi Valley by the middle of the week.
Due to the positive feedback, the National Weather Service has expanded their former, experimental Impact Based Warnings to include the Southern region for the spring of 2015.
As residents are far from over with the recent cold winter across the Great Lakes, Mother Nature will bring the return of snowflakes to the region this week.
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Following strong to locally severe thunderstorms in part of the South Central states at midweek, the risk of violent storms will increase over the region on Friday.
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