LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – It was toasty out there today! High temperatures hit the mid to upper 70s.

Winds were whipping pretty good today with gusts over 35 mph. All of this is just priming us for a mess of a Friday.

A big spring storm will bring multiple rounds of heavy rain, a chance for strong to severe storms, a possibility for flash flooding, and some very strong non-t-storm wind gusts to wrap it all up.

It all starts tonight. All of Kentucky has the risk of severe storms. There’s a level 3 risk in western Kentucky. Most of central Kentucky is at a level 2 risk for scattered severe storms. A level 1 risk is in parts of eastern Kentucky.

Large hail and gusty winds are the main risks. The biggest threat will be heavy rainfall which may lead to flooding.

The whole state is highlighted by a decent risk for excessive rainfall. Most will see at least 1 inch but along the Ohio River, we’re looking at 1 to 3 inches with isolated higher totals.

A flood watch is in place for far northern counties starting at 8 p.m. Thursday and lasting through 2 p.m. Saturday.

All of this starts tonight, with a line of scattered showers rolling in after 9 p.m. and continuously training storms through Friday and into Saturday morning. Spotty rain and thunder may linger into Saturday afternoon.

The strongest winds roll in overnight Friday into Saturday morning when we may see non-t-storm wind gusts over 55 mph. Once again, gusty winds could lead to some problems with downed trees and power outages.

Finally, by Sunday we’ll see some nice, quiet, comfortable spring weather with highs in the 60s.