STORMY SPRING PATTERN
Late this Wednesday afternoon both Tornado and Flash Flood Watches have been issued for much of the WSAZ Newschannel 3 area.
This dual risk can be described in two separate ways.
First this evening, the risk of high wind storms and an isolated tornado is most prevalent in Southern Ohio and far Northern Kentucky. Keep in mind severe wind storms are likely along I-75 from Lexington to Cincinnati then along I-70, 71 from Dayton into Columbus.
Closer to home the Scioto Valley of Ohio and the Licking Valley of Kentucky are at a higher risk for severe weather this evening compared to areas east into the West Virginia Coalfields and the Kanawha Valley.
Again it is worth noting our region has less wind sheer aloft in the clouds compared to areas along I-75 so our risk of damaging wind storms is less.
The second and more direct threat will be on Thursday when torrential rains try to gobble up our storm drains and creeks. Widespread flooding seems inevitable given the downpours that have saturated our ground last night and Wednesday morning.
Major rises on even the Great Kanawha and Mighty Ohio are likely by Friday into the weekend with probable high water issues.