CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Rounds of gusty showers and storms are anticipated for the region Thursday which will be followed by drier air and a good weekend for anyone looking to spend time outside.
On Thursday, the chance for the strongest of the storms to feature rotating updrafts is outlined east of I-77 and generally east of Charleston. The chance is listed by the Storm Prediction Center as a two percent chance of a tornado within 25 miles of any given point locally but the chance jumps substantially in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area.
The chance for damaging winds is five percent across the WOWK area meaning a five percent chance of a damaging wind gusts within 25 miles of a given point. This is considered a very low risk, just not zero. Most wind gusts should be in the 20 – 30 mph range, but we simply cannot rule out the chance for stronger gusts within individual storm cells.
As of Wednesday evening, the weather models project showers and storms moving in from the west even before the sun rises.
The mid day storms are the storms that could potentially reach severe limits.
The reason for a chance of storms producing tornadoes is due to the change of direction of wind with height that increases after lunch time, specifically east of I-77 and it looks like that chance continues to move quickly east in the afternoon.
Once the storms move out Thursday afternoon, the only areas that can see lingering light showers or mist or drizzle will be on the western facing slopes of the higher terrain east of I-79.
The chance for flash flooding does exist but would only be possible in highly localized areas that may see repetitive rounds of heavy rain in a short time frame.
Once the storms head east and a cold front passes through, the highs will drop to close to 80 for Friday and remain in the 70s on Saturday as the sun comes back out. Comfortable nights will be felt as well with low temperatures in the 50s on Friday and Saturday.
Now is a good time to get the StormTracker 13 weather app. You can get storm alerts the very moment they are issued for an area. Click here to get the download for your style of phone. Be sure to enable notifications and location services for the app and within the app, click on SafTNet Alert and enable all alert types for your location.