Storms expected to impact Friday morning commute

Storm Risk Outlook Friday May 17, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va (WOWK) – Storms are set to move into the Ohio Valley and the Mountain State even before sunrise Friday with a chance for strong to severe winds and some possible hail.

The StormTracker 13 meteorologists say systems known as mesoscale convective systems are forming across the Midwest where steering winds in the jet stream are pushing those complexes of storms from the northwest into parts the WOWK TV viewing area.

“This is a classic summer pattern we see where those storms form near Chicago and roll right in along a surface front and upper level jet stream winds even at night,” said StormTracker 13 chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

Wind gusts above 30 miles per hour are possible in parts of Ohio (shown on Predictor weather model images included with this story) into West Virginia.  The current projected path of the morning round of storms covers a good portion of West Virginia east of Huntington and a good portion of southeast Ohio as well with very little rain projected into eastern Kentucky.

A second round of storms is possible with yet another disturbance late in the day, possibly causing another round of strong to severe storms.  The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has a good 2/3 of the WOWK viewing area in a marginal risk category for severe storms which is the lowest category.  The main risks are wind and hail although frequent lightning and very heavy downpours should not be overlooked. 

Drivers should plan extra time as weather models project the storms lining up very closely with traditional morning and evening peak commute times.  The StormTracker 13 meteorologists remind you that downpours cause low visibility and increase needed stopping distance so leave extra time to arrive and extra space between cars on the way to and from work. 

You can stay up to date on all weather by clicking on the StormTracker13 Weather Website  and also follow their updates on StormTracker 13’s Facebook Page and The StormTracker 13 Twitter Account .  

After Friday’s active weather at the start and end of the business day, look for a much calmer weekend with only a few isolated showers possible and temps jumping back into the mid 80s Saturday and upper 80s Sunday. 

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