Cars drive down a wet St. Clair Street following Monday morning rain. More rain is expected to follow later this week. (Photo by McKenna Horsley)

Rain with some possible flooding is in store for Frankfort, the National Weather Service says. 

Two main waves of rainfall are expected, according to a hydrologic outlook from the NWS office in Louisville issued Monday morning. The first wave moved across the region Monday as a slow moving frontal system, saturating the ground. 

Showers continued to soak the ground as a cold front pushed southeast through the area, said Kyle Wilkins, a meteorologist for the NWS. High pressure following the front on Tuesday will keep the region dry briefly, he said. 

“On Wednesday, a low pressure system will bring another chance of precipitation to the area. This system will bring more rainfall to the area than (Monday’s) system,” Wilkins said. “Depending on where exactly the axis of heaviest rainfall sets up will determine the potential for flooding.”

The second wave is expected to be heavier than the first. 

These new rains on soaked ground may lead to areal and river flooding,” the hydrologic outlook said. “Southern Kentucky will be the most at risk for flooding while a slight shift to the north could add problems for areas in central Kentucky.”

Last week, Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency in response to heavy flooding in southeastern Kentucky, mobilizing state resources to support cities and counties in need. The governor’s office said in a Monday press release that Beshear, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett and other state and local officials are continuing to monitor the floods and are preparing for the potential heavy rain forecast. 

The press release offered the following safety tips for flooding awareness:

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters – TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN!

  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.

  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.

  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

The hydrologic outlook from the NWS said drier weather is expected toward the end of the week, but rivers may take time to recede. NWS said that midweek rain is still a few days away and forecasts may change. 

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