SEVERE WEATHER THREATING MID-ATLANTIC AND NORTHEAST TODAY! (credit: NWS Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center)
DISCUSSION: As a weak low-pressure system continues to slowly push eastward across parts of Eastern Ohio as well as Northern/Western West Virginia, there will be a continued threat for strong to severe thunderstorms capable of producing the full collection of severe weather by-products which includes large/damaging hail, strong gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and even an isolated tornado in a few spots. In light of the temperatures and dew points predominantly ranging anywhere from 75 F to 90 F and from 55 to 70 F respectively, there is plenty of "juice" in the atmosphere to support widespread strong to severe thunderstorm activity. As a result of this reality, the Storm Prediction Center (as of earlier today) placed much of the region in the graphic below under either a slight or an enhanced risk for the occurrence of severe weather as also decribed in more detail in the graphic suite included below! Be mindful and be sure to avoid moving close to or directly passed any downed power lines and/or flooded roadways, if you happen to live in any of these areas or are passing through from this afternoon and/or this evening! To learn more about other high-impact weather from across the United States, be sure to click here!