Good Thursday to one and all. It’s another day of scattered showers and storms rumbling across our part of the world. This action is along a slow-moving cold front that’s about to put the brakes on across the Commonwealth. This means the potential for a few more storms in the coming days.
As usual, let’s start with today and roll forward. Our cold front is slowing down across the lower Ohio Valley and will continue to be the focus for more rounds of showers and thunderstorms. Just like what we’ve seen in recent days, a few storms may be strong or locally severe. The greatest threat for this may be across the eastern half of the state. Here’s the current severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center:
Local wind damage and large hail will be possible with any strong storm that goes up. The threat for flash flooding is still there and that’s something we are going to have to keep in mind for a while.
This front will sag a bit farther south for Friday and early Saturday and this should give the northern parts of the state better weather than the south and far west. Temps will also be better through this time.
Storms will increase again later Sunday into early next week as we see a big time dip in the jet stream across the eastern half of the country. Some of those storms may be strong or severe and cause local high water issues:
This dip in the jet stream may bring some very nice air in here to end July and begin August:
The EURO CONTROL run goes out through the first week of August and shows this trough lingering with a tropical system coming out of the Gulf:
That would appear to be from a 3rd system out off the coast of Africa right now. Ahead of it, we have Gonzalo in the Atlantic and a system in the Gulf that may develop into a depression or storm soon:
Here’s the Gulf system:
Here are your storm tracking tools and toys:
Possible Watch Areas
Make it a great Thursday and take care.