Severe storms, high winds to impact Tri-State Sunday night

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LATE SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE

Storms have moved east of the 13 News viewing area.  Winds will still be blustery but not severe.  Several thousand customers are without power.  Crews will be working through the night to fix downed lines.

SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have been issued across southern Ohio with at least one damage report from strong winds.  The National Weather Service from Wilmington, Ohio says a metal shed was destroyed in Otway, Ohio at approximately 8:06pm.

Storms are moving east at about 65-70 mph and should be clear of the 13 News viewing area by midnight.

These storms have changed into a squall line with the greatest risk being downbursts with damaging straight line winds.  Click on the top of WOWKTV.COM for any warning information.     

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE

The Storm Prediction Center has signaled that a Tornado WATCH will be likely forthcoming this afternoon for Ohio.  Several tornadoes have moved across Illinois and Indiana.  The threat for tornadoes diminishes as storms move east, but the potential for straight line damaging winds still exists in what should turn into a squall line late tonight.  More watches and warnings may become necessary.  Please stay tuned to the top of WOWKTV.COM for immediate crawl information of warnings or watches.  Simply click on the scrolling message to see current warnings.

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SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

A Wind Advisory will go into effect for most of the 13 News viewing area at 2pm this afternoon and will continue through 6am Monday morning.

20mph winds with gusts up to 50mph are possible ahead and behind of the approaching cold front, with even higher gusts likely when the line of fast-moving showers and thunderstorms arrives later tonight.

As expected, a few scattered rain showers have moved into the Tri-State well ahead of tonight's cold front.  These will continue through the late morning and early afternoon hours but will gradually clear out of the area before the main line of storms arrives tonight.

The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, OK has upgraded the "Slight Risk" for severe thunderstorms that our region was originally placed under last night to a "Moderate Risk" as of this morning.  This means that a widespread damaging wind event is increasingly more likely as the cold front rolls through tonight.  Some of the storms along the front may be severe, meaning wind gusts will equal or exceed 58mph.  It will take much less than 58mph winds to knock down trees and power lines around the Tri-State, so power outages are likely.

The time frame for these storms continues to be 9pm - 1am.  The main threat with these storms continues to be high winds. 

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SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE

A a very strong and fast-moving cold front will move through the area late Sunday night.

Temperatures on Sunday afternoon will warm to near 70 degrees with the help of southwesterly winds shuffling in warm and moist air ahead of the approaching cold front.

A few scattered rain showers may develop during the afternoon and early evening hours on Sunday, but the main threat for strong to even severe thunderstorms will hold off until late Sunday evening.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK has placed all of West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky under a "Slight Risk" for severe storms, meaning the threat for severe weather is elevated. Southeast Ohio counties in the 13 News viewing area have been placed under a "Moderate Risk" for severe storms, indicating that more widespread and dangerous storms are possible.

"The time frame we are most concerned about is between 9pm Sunday night and 1am Monday morning. High winds at upper levels of the atmosphere will help quickly propel storms eastward Sunday night. It looks like a classic setup for a squall line feature along the cold front with strong to severe thunderstorms embedded within that line," says StormTracker 13 Meteorologist Kristin Ketchell. "The biggest threat with any storms that roll through the area is the possibility of widespread damaging winds. A lot of people have been out and about already this weekend doing yard work, shopping and getting a jump start on the holidays so we want to make people aware of the incoming severe weather so that everyone has enough time to prepare."

Behind the front, conditions will improve rapidly on Monday. High temperatures for the upcoming week will be much cooler, only topping out in the upper 40s and low 50s. Overnight low temperatures will also fall back into the upper 20s and low 30s with a mostly dry week ahead.

Stay with 13 News and the StormTracker 13 Weather Team for the most up-to-date weather information.


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