First Warning Forecast | Showers Increasing Later Today

A Few Rumbles Of Thunder Could Even Sneak In After Dark.
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 6:26 PM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 12:28 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Early sunshine is interrupted at times by clouds, and even a few passing showers, but overall the first-half of the day passes rather uneventfully for the region. Temperatures will still make it through the 70s to the 80s this afternoon, given those episodes of sunshine and a southerly breeze... But any afternoon or evening ballgames will have to keep an ear to the air and an eye on our free weather-app for the main round of rain and rumbles that will come through courtesy of a quick-moving low-pressure center that is rolling right along the I-64 corridor. There’s a ‘slight’ risk for severe weather in central Kentucky with this one, all dependent on how much sunshine and corresponding heat energy becomes available to be tapped. These showers can channel some downpours, but they will be moving quickly to try to keep flooding threats on the lower side. The risk is still there though, and will become more of a thing if we get some ‘training’ going on, where storms can move quickly, but in a line over the same location like the connected cars of a train. The threat for this is highest in our southern coalfield counties later tonight and tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow will feature the ‘leftovers’ along this lingering boundary, with improving skies in the afternoon. Sunshine will bring a steamy heat, with highs still making it into the 80ss in the afternoon. A few isolated showers will lift back through our area Thursday night, but will be gone in time for a sunny Friday. The heat will soar on Friday, as a breezy southerly wind pushes us across the 90°-mark, many of us for the first time this year. If we start seeing the low 90s or hotter, we’ll get a few ‘pop-up’ storms forming in the mountains. Saturday will also get up to the 90°-mark, but a storm system approaching from the west will have the final say in how long the heat lasts. This time of year, outdoor gatherings don’t want the heat or the storms, but it appears we’ll end up with just that kind of a trade-off. Currently Sunday is trending toward the wetter day, but as a result temperatures will be more comfortably in the 70s.

The first look ahead to next week shows some seasonably cooler air coming in, and it won’t be long before that will simply come to mean, “not the 90s”.

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