Showers and storms on their way back in.

After three days of near heat-wave weather, now we get some rain.

Welcome to the weekend!

Sights and sounds of summer have been riding high for the tri-state area these past few days, and hopefully everyone who's out from school have been takeing full advantage of it. The flowers and lawns out there have not been appreciating this as much, but now they get to have a turn.

We've been loading in a fair amount of energy overhead, gone un-tapped with successive days of heat. A storm system moves across the Ohio Valley today, ending up in our area:

NAM - Saturday Afternoon NAM - Sunday Morning

So far, what we've been seeing are lines of strong/severe thunderstorms forming and racing ahead of the main front, and then fading when their energy sources disappear (sunlight, surface heating, lift, etc.) This is a typical pattern, not fun as it is for those who get caught outside in it. Ergo, we will see the same thing for this weekend -- Saturday afternoon/evening being the best shot to get strong storms (perhaps into early Sunday if we can get enough juice to stick around and make up for a lack of sunshine), but then Sunday itself is when the actual front moves in so we'll get a few more showers and storms then as well-- though indications are that this will be a little tamer. Here's the severe weather breakdown for today, expanded from the Storm Prediction Center:

SPC - Hail Threat SPC - Wind Threat SPC - Tornado Threat

Right now, the biggest threats are still to our west, but it gets close to our western counties. Notice how everything is on the table with this system-- check out the maps below to track the appearance/progression of the severe weather reports. It's one of those things were we'll be on our toes for, though still expecting the bulk of the bad weather to be off to our west today, and then just to our east tomorrow. The last week of May is a typical bonanza of severe weather for the I-70 corridor, but it's also the typical beginning point for severe weather in our region on up through to New England (last year was a clear indication that this is only a rough climate expectation; we can definitely get all kinds of severe weather in any month when the ingredients are there).

Here's what we're looking at for total rainfall during the next 48 hours:

HAS Precipitation Forecast HPC Precipitation Forecast

These storms can bring spot flooding if you happen to catch a good one, but again the greatest risk lies to our west where the storms are expected to be at their strongest. As this system rolls through, expect a cool half-inch to inch-plus of rainfall to be our ballpark average. Not the greatest weekend weather, but we have been dry and sunny for a while.

Following this system's departure (which can take as long as Monday), we'll be back into dry skies through mid-week. As indicated by the 7-Day below, it will be back to the comfortable 70s and lower 80s.

6-10 Day Outlook - Temperature 6-10 Day Outlook - Precipitation

In the longer range, the weather continues to show signs of typical June normalcy, though we may be turning the knobs up on precipitation just a touch. This isn't all bad, as we're still down between 2" and 3" in most spots since the start of the growing season. Just 1.5" for the month of May in Huntington-- that's a little weak.

Clouds may be dark and large in the western skies later today, so be sure to be close to our WSAZ Mobile Web App (available from Google Play or any of your favorite app stores). It's always good to be able to plan ahead and get back into the house before the downpours and rumbles arrive.

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

From the Storm Prediction Center (below): Click For a Larger Image

Activity Overview Storm Outlook Watches Potential Watches Storm Reports
Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active Warnings
Current Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active NWS Warnings
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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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