(WDTN) – The severe weather threat has shifted east of the Miami Valley. Winds will be gusty overnight. 50 mph winds are possible through 11 p.m. Thursday night.
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Strong winds will continue into Friday Morning with 30-40 mph gusts possible.
That could mean weak trees may break or become uprooted. Power lines may be snapped. Driving may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in effect for much of the area until 10 p.m., but Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis says the threat of severe weather should be mainly east of the Miami Valley by 7:30 or 8 p.m. tonight. Another strong storm is heading east and northeast from Indiana and high wind gusts are expected.
Tornado Warnings in Preble and Montgomery counties have been canceled. Strong winds are being reported in the Eaton area. If the storms continue to move northeast, there will be a higher potential for tornado activity in Warren and Clinton counties.
Tornado Warnings in Preble, Montgomery counties have been canceled.
A Tornado Warning is in effect until 5 p.m. for Montgomery and Preble counties. This area includes Lewisburg, Clayton, Vandalia, Eaton, Trotwood, New Lebanon, Farmersville, Camden, and West Elkton. Take shelter immediately if you are in these areas.
A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 5 p.m. for much of the Miami Valley but will likely be extended in both time and coverage. Union County, Indiana saw a brief Tornado Warning that expired around 3:45 p.m. The potential for tornado activity will stick around through the afternoon.
Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis says that over the next few hours, the Tornado Watch effective until 5 p.m. will likely be extended across the eastern part of the Miami Valley and will likely be extended past 5 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning is making its way through southeastern Indiana. Conditions in the Miami Valley are favorable for tornado conditions to form.
The western half of the Miami Valley remains under a Tornado Watch that extends through Indiana. The watch is still set to expire at 5 p.m., however, Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik believes the watches will likely be extended, both in coverage and time. The main impact of the storm will come from high winds with gusts up to 45-50 miles per hour. The Miami Valley remains under a Wind Advisory until 8 p.m. tonight.
[1 PM] Latest fcst from @NWSSPC indicates that the environment across our area this afternoon into early evening may yield a strong tornado or two. Further evidence that today’s a day to put weather awareness, and your receipt and action on ANY warnings, at the top of your list. pic.twitter.com/M18B7CxnWJ— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) March 14, 2019
The National Weather Service has declared a Tornado Watch until 5 p.m. for the following counties: Montgomery, Miami, Preble, Darke, Shelby, Mercer, Auglaize, Butler and Hamilton counties in Ohio and Fayette, Wayne and Union in Indiana.
Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik says a major storm system to the west could potentially produce severe weather for the Miami Valley. That storm system is also causing blizzard conditions for the northern plains and into the Upper Midwest.
The day will start breezy and mild across the Miami Valley, with some areas seeing showers and thunderstorms. Highs will reach the upper 60s Thursday.
A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wind speeds will stay between 15 and 25 miles per hour, with projected wind gusts reaching 45 to 50 miles per hour.
There is the potential or stronger thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening. Some of those storms could produce winds above 60 miles per hour. This will be the primary severe weather threat.
There is also the threat of a few tornadoes across the region.
Remain weather aware throughout the day. Stay tuned to WDTN, WDTN.com and download the Storm Team 2 weather app. It’s free in your app store.
After storms move through Thursday, dry weather returns to the area Friday morning. Rain returns to the forecast Friday afternoon and there is a chance for snow showers across the area Friday night into Saturday morning.
The weekend will be colder, with highs in the lower 40s.