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Heavy rain and gusty winds: major concerns into Monday evening....

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(WVVA) As of 10:00 AM (7/13/15): We'll be a little drier and see a little sun return for late Monday morning-noon, but shower and thunderstorm chances ramp back up later Monday afternoon and evening, especially around sun-down, as a warm front lifts through the area and low pressure rides along the boundary from the Great Lakes Region. A complex storm system has developed over the Chicago, IL area as of early Monday morning, and will be traveling SE into the Ohio River Valley by late-afternoon.

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Our area is in slight to marginal risk of severe weather this afternoon, overnight tonight, and into our Tuesday, with an enhanced to moderate risk more likely just west of our viewing area, into parts of SW VA, W WV, KY and OH.  Major concerns with any incoming strong-to-severe storms will be heavy downpours, wind gusts in the 60mph range, and the slight chance to see large-hail (quarter-size or larger).  With the ground soaked because of the recent rains, and creek, stream and river levels already high, Flash Flood Watches may be issued later today in advance of the incoming line of storms. Remember, if a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN. Even if severe storms are isolated for our area, or storms have lower wind gusts, in the (30-50mph) range, they will still be able to take down trees and possibly cause power outages, again, because of the already-wet ground.

Scattered showers/storms look to continue into Tuesday, especially again during the afternoon and evening hours. As of now, our severe risk for Tuesday is comparable to our Monday. A few showers Wednesday morning then look to finally give way to more sunshine later in the week as high pressure moves in for a little while. Stay with WVVA as we continue to track the incoming storms!

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