UPDATE: 11:30 P.M. Friday: heavy rain prompted some concerns over high water in a region from south-central Ohio into the northern counties in the WOWK-TV viewing area. VIPIR Real Time Radar estimates up to three-quarters of an inch of rain in some areas which matches up with some rain gauges in the area. The rain is now moving southeast and also breaking up somewhat as it moves.
UPDATE – 6:30 p.m. Friday: The rain is keeping the temperatures in check in the 50s while a little sunshine prevails in the southeast corner of Kentucky and the southwest corner of West Virginia. The first lightning has been seen west of Cincinnati and we might see a few flashes as the storm system works into the southern coalfields tonight where the temperature is much warmer.
UPDATE – 3:30 p.m. Friday: Wind gusts over 30 miles per hour have been recorded in the region even before the rain has arrived.
Heavier rain will hold off a few more hours but everyone in the area will see rain as this system finally advances through and heads into our area. Not much lightning but a few rumbles are possible.
UPDATE – 1:10PM: The focus of heavier rain happens later in the night and Predictor kicks out around half an inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain from this afternoon until Saturday morning. Flooding is not anticipated in the area.
UPDATE Thursday 6:30 p.m. The newest look at Predictor shows us that the focus of lightning potential is in the late afternoon and is generally north of I-64.
UPDATE Thursday 3:30 p.m. the new Storm Prediction Center outlook for severe storm risk shows just general thunderstorm activity possible in the light green shaded area which is all of the TV 13 region. Winds will still be blustery even before the rain with gusts in the 25 mph range Friday afternoon.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Another line of April thunderstorms is expected to move across the region late in the day and into the evening on Friday (April 17, 2020) but this time the storms are not expected to be as strong as recent weather events.
The last two rounds of thunderstorms in the past week have produced straight line wind damage, downburst damage and left tens of thousands of customers without power.
This next round is not anticipated to be as much of an issue and the Stormtracker 13 forecast leans to a more “garden-variety” level of thunderstorms, especially for the normally active month of April.
The initial call from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma indicates a general thunderstorm risk in the area. This product is updated daily and the area can shift so we will keep you informed on changes.
Our early look at Lightning Predictor shows some isolated cloud to ground lightning chances centered on the I-64 area around the late afternoon and early evening.
The early forecast notion on wind gusts is more along the order of 20-35 miles per hour, which is not a typically damaging kind of wind. Many of the past few days have featured wind gusts in that range even without any rain. Gusts are of course the temporary rushes of wind that happen and are not the same as the sustained wind which is usually lighter.
We’ll be monitoring the system for any changes and of course you can stay up to date and follow along with us by getting the Stormtracker 13 App for free right here any time. Enable location services and enable the alerts for your location in the SafTNet alert portion of the app and you’ll know when lightning or storms are near your area.