LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – It was a gorgeous Wednesday with high temperatures hitting the 70s earlier this afternoon. Sunshine and breezy winds made it still feel like an early spring day.

Overnight, changes are coming. Breezy winds continue out of the south ahead of a cold front that will kick up some strong to severe storms.

We’re in a level 3 of 5 risk for numerous severe storms Thursday. This means numerous severe thunderstorms will be possible throughout the day.

We’re expecting multiple rounds of heavy rain that could lead to some flash flooding. Round one will be between 1 a.m. and 11 a.m. with multiple chances for torrential downpours and frequent lightning.

Rainfall amounts will vary, but a widespread 1/2 inch to 1 inch is likely. Areas that get training thunderstorms will see upwards of 2 inches or more of rain. Strong storms could easily double that number if they hit the same spots, which is why we have concerns of flash flooding.

Large hail will be possible into early Thursday. Damaging winds, large hail, and some spin-up tornadoes aren’t out of the question, especially in the later afternoon during round 2 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

We’ll be closely monitoring this storm so stay with your fox 56 weather authority. After the storms pass, the cold front knocks us down into the 30s quickly.

Wind chills hit the low 20s into Friday and we may see some flurries fall early in the day too. We’ll rebound into a nice weekend though. Temperatures will linger in the 40s and 50s with some sunshine through Sunday before the rain comes back early next week.