Our region remains in a relatively favorable area to avoid severe weather early this Sunday evening as strong storms skim by to our north and southwest.
One last chance of storms will arrive as the sun sets and activity in Indiana and Western Ohio arrive.
So go ahead with your outdoor plans keeping in mind there is still a Tornado Watch in effect until dusk sets in.
4:30 PM UPDATE
As expected the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of the WSAZ.com area.
While the WV counties of Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Clay, Lincoln, Fayette and Raleigh are not "officially" included in the watch, it is important for people in these counties to understand the definition of a watch; namely, people living in and close to the watch area are susceptible.
In other words, the entire WSAZ region is at risk for severe weather this evening.
At 4:30 pm, there was a storm split with much of the Daniel Boone Forest and Central Ky. getting hammered with torrential rains, large hail (Josh just showed me a picture of baseball size stones) and tornado warnings. At the same time, strong storms are parading along I-70 from Indianapolis to Columbus to Pittsburgh.
The feeling from our weather staff is that the Indiana storms will be in here within an hour of sundown and pose our greatest risk.
SUNDAY STORM WATCH UPDATED
It is interesting to watch Doppler Radar on this Sunday morning as showers and thunderstorms are blossoming seemingly from nowhere!
Take the Tug and upper Guyandotte Valleys of WV where early church goers awakened to a cloud shrouded and muggy air mass with a quiet radar. Then as if by magic thunderstorms with vivid lightning and heavy downpours exploded just before 8 AM as they moved from Mingo and Logan into Wyoming County.
This “rapid fire” storm pattern should be respected all day long for the following weather statement; namely, any place, any time for storms to pop.
Now As the day grows longer, that flaring process will be aided by strengthening winds in the clouds….and that process is what generates severe thunderstorms with high winds, large hail and tornadoes.
If we are lucky we will just have high water and spotty wind damage to cover today…in the worst case scenario, there will be a few potent tornadoes.
Odds strongly favor an afternoon-evening tornado watch.
So it is a day to keep the kids playing close by and to keep a wary eye to the sky and weather radar.