Storm warnings issued

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Hardin, neighboring counties are part of weather service's watch

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hardin, LaRue, Nelson and Hart counties as part of a severe storm front now passing through the region.

The strongest storm issues now appear to be in area south and east of Elizabethtown, including Glendale and southern Hardin County, Bonnieville, Hodgenville and heading toward New Haven.

This thunderstorm warning follows a tornado warning for Hardin, Meade, Bullitt and Jefferson County, which was issued shortly after 4 a.m. today. The tornado warning has expired but a watch area continues for the entire region.

The Kentucky Mesonet reporting station in Hardin County recorded wind gusts as powerful as 46 mph at 4:20 a.m. today. Fort Knox's weather station reported 60 mph winds. Isolated power outages also are being reported this morning.

A storm front with a history of strong, straight-line winds could lead to creation of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. It will be followed by rain and a possibility of snow this afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch across the western half of Kentucky overnight until 5 a.m. and sounded the warning shortly after 4 a.m. based on radar indications. The warning continues until 4:55 a.m. today for Jefferson County.

The public is advised to be alert to changing conditions and keep emergency provisions including a portable radio and flashlight at hand.

After the severe weather threat passes, the unseasonable warmth of the past days will give way to subfreezing temperatures and other wintry conditions.

Temperatures will fall throughout the day Wednesday from an overnight high of 60 to an anticipated low of 26. Snow showers are possible Wednesday afternoon, according to forecasts.