Wild and Wooly Early Wednesday

By: tony.cavalier@wsaz.com Email
By: tony.cavalier@wsaz.com Email

High Winds Set to Roar Thru Region

8:45 Update

Prediction: We will be impressed with the shear force of the wind that arrives between 11 PM (west toward Vanceburg-Portsmouth), 12 PM River Cities, 1AM Charleston and Coalfield Region to 2 AM in WV mountains. Winds are likely to gust to 50 even 60 miles per hour as this line passes. Damage is likely as this line passes as are power outs.

Initial Posting 6:30 PM

This Tuesday afternoon has been wet and breezy, though nothing out of the ordinary. A half inch of rain is producing some ponding of water on potholed streets while the winds are blowing in the 10-20 mile per hour range making carrying an umbrella a bit tougher than normal.

But as the saying goes, and pardon me English teachers, we ain’t seen nothing yet!

Right now (6 PM) a powerful cold front is blasting thru Illinois, Missouri and Iowa to name a few windswept Midwest states. The storm responsible for the winds is about to enter Michigan on its way to Ontario by dawn. In whip-like fashion, this storm will thrust the cold front thru our region between midnight and 3 AM. That’s when a round of high winds will cross the region with gusts to 50 miles per hour and sporadic outages.

Late night WSAZ and MY Z viewers will note a flickering of the TV signal during Leno and Conan and Oprah as the front passes. The heaviest rains will be accompanied by a few rumbles of thunder.

By 2 AM the rain will end with snow flurries as the air chills in dramatic fashion. Before midnight, the mercury on your backyard thermometer could be as high as 60. By 3 AM, the temperature will plunge below freezing en route to a dawn low of 25. Tack on a 30 mile per hour wind for the morning school bell and kids are looking at a wind chill near 10 degrees! Ouch!

More on the high wind threat when I get back from dinner!

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