Thunderstorms in the forecast today

ELKINS – Local residents are happy no snow is on the immediate horizon, but may not be pleased by the rain and thunderstorms in the forecast.

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Randolph, Upshur, Barbour, Pocahontas and Webster counties through today. The weather is being fueled by a cold front and low relative humidity.

NWS meteorologist Liz Sommerville said the front should produce a significant amount of rain along with thunderstorms.

“The storm possesses the potential for strong wind gusts, but they will not be widespread,” Sommerfield said. “There is the potential for damaging winds to already weak structures and trees. Storms will bring a fourth to half an inch of rain.”

Sommerville said another low pressure system may bring rain again on Saturday and there is the possibility for some snow overnight Saturday into Sunday.

The Randolph County Office of Emergency Management sent out emails and messages through Nixle Thursday warning of the potential rain showers, thunderstorms and strong winds. The alert warns that low relative humidity in the 20s and strong, gusty winds may produce an enhanced threat for fires.