Updated - Severe weather threat shifts east, but downpours still out there

We continue to follow our storm front as it sags south/east through our region. More moisture-rich showers and storms will develop, but the timing focus the worst of the weather to our east.

Updates Below (most recent 4:00pm)

It...Is...FRIDAY!!

It's been a bumpy week with spot flooding, power hits and outages, and just general annoyance from raiding bands of storms. The good news is that we're in the final chapter of this mess. The other good news is that we've made a significant dent in our rainfall deficit.

Case in point: On July 7th, the Huntington area was over 6.5" in the red for rainfall this year. By yesterday, we had knocked that down to near 4" (not too shabby). In fact, for the month of July we're running more than 1.5" above normal. It's an interesting feat in an overal summer picture that still features a rainfall deficit.

Our weather map continues to show the front slowly sliding into our area:

HPC - Friday PM

More showers and storms will develop in the area today, all with healthy downpours. The best action will not be along the front itself though. Most of what develops will make use of old cloud boundaries established by the storms that were alive the night before. This gives the eastern part of the area and the Appalachian mountains a turn (that they probably don't want). This also lines up well with the prime heating hours of the day, too.

Here's a look at precipitation prospects going forward:

HAS Precipitation Forecast HPC Precipitation Forecast

 Most of this will be occuring on Friday, but some may linger in the mountains early on Saturday. However, by the second-half of the day we should be into a well-deserved respite. Here's a look at it on the NAM:

NAM - Friday PM NAM - Saturday PM

We've certainly needed the rain, but I won't be complaining too much to see it go in time for the weekend (I'm sure the county fair would say the same thing). Our break isn't going to last too long, as there will remain an outside shot at a rumble or two in the mountains. By Tuesday, however, we'll see another front drop into the area...

GFS - Tuesday PM

And yes, we may well be on storm patrol there again too. Temperatures in the interim will be seasonably mild (mid-80s to low 90s), certainly well within a reasonable range considering what we've seen this year.

Update (4:00pm) - The last hurrah is forming in a line in southeast Ohio and eastern Kentucky (check the maps below). It will sweep from west to east during the afternoon commute. This could impact Live on the Levee and the WV Power game in Charleston, as well as part of the Putnam County Fair. The Jackson (OH) fair is being visited by this system early, so it is likely to have just wet ground/seats by the time the derby gets going.

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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