Severe Storms Zap Mid-Atlantic, Ohio Valley, Northwest
UPDATED 10:30 PM EDT, July 8, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier
Dangerous storms continue to romp through the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley this evening as an advancing cold front pushes south to break the heat wave. While these storms will die out later tonight, a fresh round will take aim at the Southeast coast on Monday. Additional strong storms are hitting northern Oregon.
Storms continue to fire from Virginia to western Kentucky as a cold front continues its slow march southward into hot and unstable air. Cooler, drier air to the north of the boundary is clashing with this heat to foster severe thunderstorms.
Due to the ongoing severe storms, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect in central Virginia, near the cities of Roanoke and Lynchburg.
The greatest threat with any thunderstorms will be gusty winds along with hail as large as golf balls. These storms are expected to diminish later tonight with the loss of daytime heating.
Another batch of strong storms will plague north-central Oregon and southern Washington this evening. Here, warm temperatures have created a very unstable environment. To make matters worse, a disturbance high in the atmosphere is sweeping across the same area to trigger strong-to-severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds.
Once again tomorrow the threat for severe storms will re-emerge in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coast. The same cold front that has brought storms to the East each of the past couple days will continue its trek through the soupy and unstable air located in the South. As the front slams into this air mass on Monday, severe storms will bubble up to create a risk for large hail and damaging wind gusts higher than 60 mph. Cities such as Virginia Beach and Roanoke, Va., and Raleigh, N.C. will all be under the gun to see these weather fireworks to start the work week.
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