Harvey Has Arrived; Labor Day Weekend Off To A Wet Start
The remnants of Harvey have tracked into Tennessee, with a band of widespread rain moving into our area in the pre-dawn hours of our Friday. For some of us, particularly Charleston eastward, this is the first true rain we've had in a week and a half or longer. Of course steady, heavy rain did fall from Huntington west into Ohio and Kentucky back on Monday.
Rain, heavy at times will continue through lunchtime for many of us. Then as a band of moisture shifts a little further north, some of us from Charleston south may see a brief tapering to the rain...perhaps even a little sun. This break will be short-lived however as the center of circulation makes it's way into Kentucky and pushes a north-south oriented band of showers and storms across the Bluegrass State and into West Virginia by mid-late afternoon. With such a tight circulation with this storm it's possible a few thunderstorm cells that can form today could acquire some spin and produce a weak tornado or some brief wind bursts. The greatest risk for that would be in eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia.
Showers and storms this evening could mean some lightning delays for some area football games. Our Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week between St. Albans and Nitro will feature damp conditions, at least at times...so be ready for that. Temps will fall into the 60s after briefly reaching 70 to 75 this afternoon. It's also the last Live on the Levee in Charleston this evening...and like a number of the concerts this Summer this one features rain. However, there could be breaks too so check the WCHS weather app before heading out.
Overnight the showers will taper and some of us, at least in West Virginia, may be fairly dry to start Saturday. The Charleston Distance Run will start under cloudy skies and temps in the mid 60s Saturday. It's probably dry at 7:30 A.M. but later in the race some showers will return from the west as what's left of the circulation of Harvey spins right over us. That will spell a cloudy and damp Saturday...with midday/afternoon showers likely before they gradually diminish heading into the evening. The WV State/UC game at Noon looks to feature a good chance for rain. Tailgaiting for Marshall is also likely damp...although rain chances become more spotty by gametime itself (6:30 P.M.) and evening. Things should be drier for Smash Mouth when they take the stage in Portsmouth for River Days Saturday evening.
All told from today into Saturday I forsee about 1-2" for most communities in West Virginia, although perhaps under 1" for southeast parts of the state. We should handle this without too much trouble spread out over 36 hours...the main concern is for hydroplaning on slick roads. West of Huntington 2-3" is possible...which will swell streams and creeks but any flooding would be limited to flood-prone low lying areas and should be more of a nuisance than anything.
While Sunday may not start all that promising with some leftover low clouds and possible drizzle...things will get better and brighter as we head into the afternoon. Clouds will break for sun and temps will warm to about 77 degrees. Labor Day Monday looks to be the pick of the next 4 days with sunshine and a high of 86...perfect weather for perhaps your last chance for a dip in the pool. By Tuesday another cold front will bring showers and storms and another shot of much cooler air by the middle of next week.
Meanwhile, another tropical system...Hurricane Irma, is way out in the Atlantic. This system is another week and a half or more from any threat to the U.S....and could remain out to sea indefinitely but it is something that we'll be watching closely for the East Coast by next week.