Wheeling, W. VA (WTRF) – The Storm Prediction Center has outlined portions of Ohio and West Virginia in a Slight Risk for severe weather or a two out of five on the severe weather scale. Areas along and south of I 70 are outlined in a Marginal Risk for severe weather or a one out of five.

Severe weather outlook for Wednesday.

The Setup:

A cold front that is forming along the Rocky Mountains will gain some steam and push into the Ohio Valley late in the day on Wednesday. Mixing with high temperatures and plenty of low level moisture, we could see a few robust cells and potential severe thunderstorms. Rain activity could trickle into the morning hours of Thursday.

An updated look at Predictor.

For the time being, the primary concerns for this event will be likely heavy downpours that can lead to localized flooding and gusty winds. Some small hail is possible, mainly for any isolated storms that form ahead of the cold front. An isolated tornado or 2 is possible. This threat will be mainly for North Eastern Ohio and North Western Pennsylvania. However a brief spin up or rotating storm is possible in the panhandle, so that threat cannot be ruled out just quite yet. This is something that will continue to be monitored.

Severe weather threats for Wednesday late afternoon and evening.

Most of the rain will start to clear out as we head into the morning hours on Thursday, with skies trying to clear throughout the day. The cold front will also revert temperatures to feeling more Fall-like, as well as drop dew points from sticky to refreshing.