Update: Early call July 4 forecast on track. Showers but improving for late fireworks


UPDATE Tuesday July 2, 10 p.m.

Forecast holding with mainly just cloudy skies and only a few small showers for traditional fireworks time from about 9 p.m. until 11 p.m.

The current look at Predictor (see below) as of this post indicates a max of storm coverage from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. so if you see showers, don’t fret at that point. Generally the storms will diminish and we would see mainly cloudy skies and many fireworks crews will be able to work under those conditions.

The challenges from previous years has proven to be how crews keep the fireworks setup dry if it does rain during the day at that location. When it does rain, it will literally pour as the air is very saturated so we will see tropical downpours in some areas until just before the sun goes down.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Unsettled weather means mid-week showers and storms but the StormTracker 13 meteorologists say we should hold out hope for rain to stay away for many areas on Thursday night which is July 4th.

“Showers and storms are in the forecast but as many towns wait till about 9 or 10 p.m., we lose the daytime heat and usually storms fizzle. We can live with some low clouds as long as there is no lightning,” said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

Changes are expected in the forecast as the week unfolds so be sure to get the Stormtracker 13 App, enable alerts and location services to get the most accurate forecast no matter where you are in the United States as the nation celebrates Independence Day.

Many areas will just see clouds and a look at the latest version of Predictor shows some scattered showers but be sure to check back as the StormTracker meteorologists say none of the features that drive showers are particularly prominent so check back often.

TUESDAY Model output for July 4, 10 p.m. – Looking drier for fireworks time.
Predictor rain output for 9:30 p.m. Thursday July 4 as of Monday. Watch this space for new looks at Predictor as the week goes on

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