(WOWK) — Storms that have been firing to the west of the WOWK-TV viewing area will finally press east into the region starting Thursday.
The main risks for severe storms will be the chance of strong, gusty winds. Hail does not appear to be much of a factor and flooding is not either. The tornado chance is low but it is not zero.
The actual discussion regarding tornado chances and damaging wind chances from the SPC reads as follows for our region:
As the surface cyclone occludes (Over Iowa), the surface wind field is expected to weaken across the warm sector. However, 850mb (approximately 5,000 feet above ground) flow should remain in the 30 to 40 knot range through much of the afternoon from Kentucky into the Great Lakes. This low-level jet should provide sufficient flow for an isolated damaging wind threat despite weak instability. In addition, enough low-level speed shear will be present that a tornado or two cannot be ruled out. --SPC Forecast discussion
The key words in that discussion are “isolated damaging wind” and “tornado or two.” That risk is what pertains to the entire region outlined in the severe storm outlooks. Another way to say it is, the risk for these severe storms is low but it is not zero.
The storms should be fairly widely scattered in the afternoon on Thursday.
Friday also features scattered showers and storms but we are not listed in any severe weather outlooks by the Storm Prediction Center for Friday. However there could be a few strong cells well east of I-79 in West Virginia and also in parts of southwestern Virginia around the Wytheville area for those who have to travel Friday along I-77.
Because the rain comes through in rounds, we do not expect flooding, however there will be a significant amount of rain after quite a dry stretch of days.
The temperatures will stay very mild throughout the rounds of rain even into the second half of the weekend.
With storms possible in the region, be sure to get the StormTracker 13 weather app. Enable notifications and location services for the app on your phone. In the “Storm Alerts” section, enable all alert types. You’ll be ahead of the storms.