Tornado watch, wind advisories in effect as strong storms pass through region
Tornado watch skirts WSAZ area
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - 4:45pm update
Fast moving, brief squalls have formed in Ohio and Kentucky late this afternoon. These cells show up as small dollops on the WSAZ radar app. They house strong winds and a burst of rain, brief though they be, in any one location. Any sign of rotation can prompt a brief warning from the National Weather Service. So an extension of the original Tornado Watch to include all Ohio River Counties and a few in far western West Virginia is warranted. This new watch goes until 7 PM.
It’s springtime weather in February across the area and with that comes the normal warming temperatures, stronger winds, and afternoon squalls of the season.
On Monday afternoon, that pattern also means the second tornado watch of the month. This time it is a small sliver of Ohio well north and west of the Huntington-Charleston area that is at risk.
While that severe weather risk is most prominent from Cincinnati to Dayton and Columbus, everyone will experience some gusty rains Monday afternoon and a windswept evening.
Gusts could top to 40-50 miles per hour in any location whether during or after a shower/squall passes.
If you live in the Scioto Valley, technically you are under a tornado watch as issued by the National Weather Service until 6 p.m.
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