Severe Storms Approaching Tonight
Damaging Winds, Hail, Heavy Rain And Even Possible Tornadoes Tonight
A warm front has been bringing rounds of showers and storms to much of Southeast Ohio and north-central West Virginia this morning. Heavy rainfall has totaled over 1" in some locations and with more downpours into the early afternoon flash flooding of some streams/creeks is possible in these areas. Farther south around Huntington/Charleston and southward some passing showers/rumbles of thunder are possible at times but the coverage is much more limited.
Showers/storms will taper down as a warm front lifts to our north and a stout southerly wind kicks up. As that happens expect some sun to break through the clouds and temperatures to spike up into the 70s in many locations. With the showers moving out there will be a period of nice weather for the area from late afternoon into early evening. However, it will be short-lived.
A strong cold front associated with a potent low pressure system tracking to our northwest will spawn a line of thunderstorms late this afternoon across parts of Indiana and western Kentucky. Widespread damaging winds and hail are expected over near Cincinnati, Louisville, and Lexington. Given the developing low pressure position winds in the atmosphere will be twisting with height, and with some instability present out in this area from warming temperature the possibility exists that a number of tornadoes may well develop in this setup over near and west of I-75.
That squall line will race east toward our area after sundown, likely reaching the Scioto Valley by 10-11 P.M. During that time it's possible some tornadoes can still develop over our western Viewing area...and that squall line will reach Huntington toward midnight. By that time it will begin to weaken and the main threat will be pockets of strong winds that will cross into West Virginia from midnight to 3 A.M. from west to east. Charleston can likely expect it sometime around 1 to 2 A.M. Since it's arriving late at night it will have lost some of its punch from earlier in the evening but could still cause some scattered power outages in the Kanawha Valley along with briefly heavy rain.
After 3 A.M. the storms will exit to the east with a sharp drop in temperature through dawn.
Be prepared for severe weather tonight and a possible Tornado and/or Severe Thunderstorm Watch to be issued for our area later today.