High Wind Storms Set to Rake Area

Our first bout of spring thunderstorms will sweep thru the region late this afternoon and evening. Tony has some safety tips for your family to adher to.

Tornado Watch This Wednesday

No surprise but all this warm spring weather in February has set us up for our first round of violent spring thunderstorms.

As of 2 PM, the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the WSAZ.COM and Newschannel 3 region until 9 PM tonight. Present indications suggest a storm line will pass our region from west to east between 4 and 8 PM.

The most likely scenario is for your region to experience an afternoon of strong winds with the sun out and temperatures in the 70s. Then that storm line will cross with a 15 squall of intense rain and winds (gusts can reach 60 mph).

After the storm front passes, a night of window rattling winds will cause power to flicker and cable tv reception to be altered. Make sure you have a candle and flashlight at the ready just in case. I do at my house.

Here are some safety tips to prepare for events like this.

1. If you live in a mobile home, I suggest you move to a friend's house until the Tornado threat has ended.

2. Park your car under a carport or in a garage to minimize the risk of storm damage from hail or falling trees to your car.

3. Keep the kids playing closeby after school, WITHIN SHOUTING DISTANCE, I like to say.

4. Roofers and scaffolders, come down and wait for Thursday or even Friday to return to high heights.

5. Have flashlights and candles handy in case power goes out.

(Tuesday Posting) Spring Warmth Spells Trouble

How about those 60 degree temperatures! Dare I say the crocuses are breaking thru the muddy ground and yes, they are robins being reported in many backyards!

Spring has sprung a month early, but so far I am not hearing any complaints. So Far!

As we have come to realize, the battle ground between cold and warm air masses and the change of the seasons can lead to some of our most violent weather of the year. For this reason, there is a growing risk of high wind storms in our region on Wednesday afternoon and night.

The way I see it, this Tuesday evening will feature some regular run-of-the-mill spring showers. Hump day will dawn with a stiffening southerly wind flow chock full of April warming and March gusts. A frisky morning shower or two will be followed by some midday sunshine.

By the noon hour, I will bet Archer Park in Prestonsburg, Davis Park in Charleston and City Park in Gallipolis will be busy as brown baggers enjoy their first outdoor lunch of the season. The temperature will be close to 70 by high noon with winds swirling as high as 30 miles per hour.

The star of the severe weather show is likely to arrive between 3 and 6 o’clock as a squall line of thunderstorms armed with high winds and even hail arrive on the scene.

Keep in mind we will likely be under some type of storm watch by this time (Tornado?), so school superintendents, bus drivers and stay at home moms and dads should update the forecast and timing of this storm line all day long. It could coincide with kids getting off the bus.

Given the intensity of the winds expected (50+ miles per hour in gusts for as long as 6-10 hours especially at night), power outs are a real possibility especially in areas that were hard hit by the ice storm. Note the wind won’t blow continuously at 50 miles per hour, but there is likely to be an extended period where the gusts get close to 50.

I will update with some storm prep tips after dinner.

Check out Chris Bailey’s blog for more on the meteorological mayhem.
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