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Strong Storms Heading Towards Southern West Virginia

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Warm Summerlike temperatures combined with a strong cold front could mean severe storms for southern West Virginia. Highs will climb to around 80 once again as warm air is pushed ahead of the cold front. Sunshine will dominate for most of the day but clouds will start to build in the evening and showers could start as early as the commute home for areas to the west.

Timing: Showers will likely start around sundown with the strongest storms coming as we get closer to midnight. The highest threat fro severe weather will mainly be to the west of the I-77 corridor. The biggest threat with these storms is gusty winds and hail. The cold front will move through as we pass midnight and the strongest storm will push ahead of the front. Heavy rains will continue into the overnight and slowly taper off as we head into early morning on Friday. We could see .25 to .75 inches of rain with higher amounts within thunderstorm cells.

This line of storms has produced large hail and even a tornado in Colorado and three tornadoes in Saint Louis just Wednesday night. While we're not expecting any tornadic activity in our area we could see gusting winds.