Spring Storm Season is fully underway with a few chances of strong storms this week

Monday starts beautiful with sunshine and mild temps in the upper 50s. We’ll see temps warm steadily into the mid and upper 70s with a spot or two in the southwest pushing that 80 degree mark. As we build heat and humidity into the day, a stalled cold front sliding ever so slowly south will trigger a few showers and pop-up thunderstorms late this afternoon and early evening.

Tonight before sunset a popcorn style set up with showers and thunderstorms build along our front with one or two storms on the stronger side. Hail and strong winds will be our main threat. Not all will see a storm as these will be very scattered.

Those that see more than one will want to monitor smaller creeks and streams for runoff issues. The best risk for training storms is along the I-64 corridor from Beckley to Lewisburg. Once the sun sets, we lose the energy to support storms which allows ours to fizzle out towards midnight. A warm and muggy overnight can be expected with the upper 50s for lows.

Tuesday starts dry enough under mostly cloudy skies but it won’t be long before showers return for the early afternoon and evening. These will be more widespread than Monday’s as a warm front lifts towards the north. Along this front, garden soaking rains can be expected. Into the evening hours after highs in the upper 70s and low 80s, a rumble of thunder can be expected but our severe weather threat is very low. Heavy rain under a thunderstorm can result in hydroplaning issues and standing water on roads. Showers fade some into the overnight with lows in the upper 50s.

Wednesday again starts dry enough with only a handful of scattered showers still roaming. More dry time than not until we get to the later afternoon hours. A cold front towards the west approached bringing clouds and shower chances. A soggy evening commute as winds begin to push 15-20mph from the west. By nightfall, the front begins to cross bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms. A small risk of severe weather but timing is our friend with this system. A late night arrival means we won’t have the energy from the sun to build these storms. They will have to use what available which fades into the night. Still, a gusty line of showers and heavy rain can cause some minor issues with downed trees and standing water on roads.

Thursday begins soggy with scattered showers but we’ll catch a break in the afternoon. We’ll cool a couple degrees from the highs of Wednesday thanks to early morning clouds but still manage another day above average. A damp and humid day as temps rise into the 70s for the afternoon. We’ll have a nice enough sunset with puffy clouds hanging around. Our next system will move in overnight keeping overnight lows from dropping too far into 40s.

Friday again is a sunshine and stormy day as we wait for the arrival of another cold front. The active pattern by now has saturated our grounds so afternoon showers and thunderstorms could become too much for local creeks and streams. Runoff issues will likely occur just in time for the evening commute. Highs still manage to push into the mid 70s with broken sunshine. As our cold front moves in for the evening hours, a few thunderstorms on the stronger side are possible. Severe weather risks are low but strong winds and heavy rain will be the top concern. We’ll have more details as the storm develops.

Saturday is looking soggy thanks to our slow moving cold front from Friday. Showers early on fade to scattered chances in the afternoon. A rumble of thunder is still on the table but with our cold front crossing, temps begin to cool stealing some of the energy from the atmosphere. Highs only manage the upper 60s which happens early in the afternoon. Winds will be elevated from the west 15-20mph with gusts pushing 25-30 as colder air begin to move in. Overnight lows hold tough in the low to mid 40s but a few high mountains will be in the 30s.

Sunday is a cooler day with a mix of sun and clouds. Highs struggle into the mid 50s with breezy conditions most of the day. A system towards our south looks to bring a few clouds for our southern state line counties with showers possible in the afternoon. Most of us will be dry, breezy, and cool.

In your extended forecast we struggle a bit with temps but in true April fashion, bounce back in no time. Overnight lows will be problematic for early gardeners, especially in the higher terrain with the threat of frost. Safe growing season for our region is early May. There are some exceptions for our southwestern counties, but a general rule is waiting until Mother’s Day.

Spring burn bans are still in place for both Virginia and West Virginia. For Virginia, no burning before 4pm is allowed through April 30th while in West Virginia no burning is allow from 7am to 5pm through May 31st. Burning during bans can result in fines, expensive reimbursements to fire departments, and civil lawsuits from damage caused from out of control fires.

Sunny then PM sct. t-storms. Highs in the upper 70s.

Dry start then showers and PM storms. Highs in the upper 70s/low 80s.

Sct. Showers, some heavy, PM storms. Highs in the upper 70s.

AM Showers, slow clearing PM. Highs in the low 70s

Showers and PM storms. Highs in the mid 70s.

Sct. Showers, Heavy rain PM. Highs in the 60s.

Drying out, breezy, cooler. Highs in the 50s.

Sunny & breezy. Highs in the 60s

Sun & Clouds, PM Showers. Highs in the 60s.

Sun & Clouds. Highs in the 70s.

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