SPRING STORM DAYS AHEAD
Near ninety degree heat and an influx of tropical moisture this week have set the stage for a 2 day spell of active weather across the region. With a fall-like cold front set to slice through the region on Thursday, in time the risk of flooding and power hits will elevate in response to strong winds and the likelihood of several inches of rain falling on already wet soil.
While the worst of the wind storms (downburst/ straight line or even tornadic) will tend to be isolated to scattered in scope, there is some conjecture that high water may be more widespread if the cold front slows down as it crosses the region on Thursday.
Specifically, while Tuesday afternoon-evening showers and thunderstorms offered localized inconvenience (pockets of brief street flooding and lightning strikes in Clay, Fayette and Nicholas WV and Pike, Floyd and Martin Ky), there are signs of more potent rains and more forceful windstorms heading into Wednesday and Thursday.
The nature of the severe weather will range from high wind and hail storms across parts of Ohio and Kentucky, to probable high water and stream flooding in West Virginia.
The timing and intensity of the heavy weather will be a function of how fast the approaching cold front moves and the ability of storms to congregate on specific locations for an extended period of time.
Watches and warnings for high water and high winds will be issued as necessary from the National Weather Service.