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Hail storm batters Barbour, Upshur

October 19, 2012
From staff reports , The Inter-Mountain

Severe thunderstorms ripped through north central West Virginia Thursday afternoon, showering Barbour and Upshur counties with nickel- and dime-sized hail, officials said.

Ken Batty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said the NWS received a few reports of inch-thick hail, but the majority was significantly smaller.

"Most of it is dime-, penny- and pea-sized hail," he said.

"We can't rule out a tree down here or there, but this storm isn't something you're going to look back on months from now and say, 'wow, that was really bad.'"

Batty said the storm - which brought with it 40- to 45-mph winds- was an indication that chillier temperatures were on the way for the weekend.

"We're seeing a cold front move through that will gradually cool down temperatures by Saturday, which will be the coolest day," Batty said.

"It's just a change in air mass we're seeing."

Rain showers expected overnight today will usher in Saturday's cooler temperatures, which are expected to drop into the low 50s in the Tygart River Valley and the mid- to high 40s in higher terrain.



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