Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Upshur County

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The National Weather Service office in Charleston has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of central West Virginia, stretching from Clarksburg to Beckley and into Virginia. All of Upshur County is included in the watch.

A line of storms that has brought severe weather — including deadly tornadoes — to parts of the south and midwest this weekend will be moving into the area between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday.

“Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging, gusty winds and heavy rain,” according to the NWS. The temperature is also expected to plunge as the storms move through, dropping to a low of 38 degrees tonight.

The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 2 a.m. As of 7:40 p.m., some parts of West Virginia were under more severe storm warnings, with penny-sized hail and winds up to 60 mph possible.

Monday is expected to be dreary, with showers likely and a high of just 47 degrees. Things should then clear up in the middle of the week, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures returning to the mid-70s.