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Weather Synopsis: Severe weather has been moving through the area this afternoon and will continue into the evening hours tonight. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect for some of our Southern Pennsylvania Counties until 7:00 PM, and for all Western Maryland Counties (except Garrett), West Virginia and Virginia Counties until 8:00 PM.
These showers and thunderstorms have produced wind damage in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. In Berkeley and Jefferson Counties, trees and power line have reported to have been taken down. Pictures sent to us in then news and weather departments are showing large trees uprooted due to the power of the winds these thunderstorms are producing. Martinsburg and Shepherdstown are just a few of the areas that got hit hard by a severe thunderstorms moving through those areas this afternoon.
Once these thunderstorms start to wind down as we get into the evening hours past 8:00 PM tonight, but it looks like we will have them once again on Thursday. Some of those thunderstorms could be strong to severe again, with damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall causing localized flash flooding through the afternoon and evening. These thunderstorms are along and ahead of the cold front which will pull through as we get into Late Thursday and into Friday.
We’re also continuing to track Tropical Storm Arthur. The National Hurricane Center says they are anticipating Arthur to become a Hurricane by the time we get into Friday, and Hurricane Watches have already been posted for portions of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Arthur will not have a direct impact on our weather, but if you have travel plans for the extended holiday into the Carolinas, you will need to keep an eye on what Arthur does.
High pressure will build into the region for the weekend and into early next week, before we bring in the chances of showers and thunderstorms with increased heat and humidity. Temperatures are forecast to go above the 90 degree mark, once again as we get into the beginning of next week.
Stay with us as we get through tonight, and once again on Thursday for the threat of severe weather, we’ll keep you ahead of the storms.
See you on WHAG News at 7:00 and 11:00 PM!
--- Meteorologist Bryan Schuerman
Your Local Weather Leader Short Term Forecast:
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms through mid to late evening. Some thunderstorms will be severe before 9:00 PM, with damaging winds and heavy rainfall being the primary threat. Low: 68-73. Winds: Light Southwest Wind.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Partly sunny skies, not as warm and humid, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some could be strong to severe in the afternoon and evening, with damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall being the primary threats. High: 84-89. Winds: Southwest 5-10 MPH.
Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be strong to severe through mid evening. Low: 62-67. Winds: West 5-10 MPH.
Your Local Weather Leader Extended Forecast:
Friday: Mostly sunny skies, drier and less humid for the Fourth of July. High: 80. Low: 58.
Saturday: Mostly sunny skies. High: 82. Low: 59.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies. High: 87. Low: 65.
Monday: Partly sunny skies with a return to the hazy, hot and humid summer weather. High: 92. Low: 70.
Tuesday: Partly sunny skies, continued hot and humid with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.. High: 90. Low: 71.
Wednesday: Partly sunny skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, continued warm and humid. High: 89. Low: 67.
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