NEW: Line of storms moving through Kentucky, Ohio & West Virgini - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

NEW: Line of storms moving through Kentucky, Ohio & West Virginia

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:00:48 GMT
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.
NEW:
 
Severe thunderstorms are possible across portions of the 13 News viewing area this evening.  
 
High winds, frequent lightning and hail are among the main threats with these storms.  There is a very small chance of tornadoes as well, but according to the Stormtracker meteorologists, the main threat remains high winds.  Spotty power outages could be seen if winds are strong enough to break branches, however, most of the trees in the region have not grown leaves yet.

"This is a part of the same system that brought all of the wild weather to the Plains where they had everything from tornadoes to blizzards," says chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.  "We do see wild temperature swings in April, especially in the Plains which is why we see a big uptick in severe storms this time of year as the cold and warm air clash."

As much as an inch to an inch and a half of rain is possible with the storms according to the Stormtracker meteorologists.  They say that will help quench some of the brush fires in the area.  Quieter and cooler weather is expected starting Friday morning through the weekend. 

Stay with Stormtracker 13, click on wowktv.com and look on the front of our home page for any watches or warnings through the night.  
 

ORIGINAL:
  
The StormTracker 13 Team has been watching the approaching the storm system for nearly a week and it is finally taking shape across Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.  Throughout this afternoon, we will see showers and storms gather strength because of the extensive heating that is abnormal for this time of year.

The primary threats are going to be GUSTY WINDS, SMALL TO MARGINALLY SIZED HAIL and a VERY SMALL TORNADO THREAT.  In fact that tornado threat is just at 2%, this means that out of the storms that develop today, only 2% of them will be capable of producing a tornado.

TIMING:  We're expecting the storms to develop later this afternoon near the drive home, sometime after 4pm.  Some of the heaviest rainfall will occur after sunset and during overnight with rain totals approaching 3/4 to 1.00".  Most of the showers should wrap up by sunrise or just after that time frame.