The flashes and booming over Clarke County this evening are not signs of an early Fourth of July celebration but rather the result of a large area of moderate rain with embedded thunderstorms moving across our area.
As of 7:30pm area radar indicated rain falling over much of northern Virginia with a strong storm cell moving south at 12 mph located near Martinsburg, Virginia. Radar also indicated additional isolated storms throughout our area.
A severe thunderstorm watch covers the southern two-thirds of Virginia until 10pm this evening.
Calls by CDN to Enders Fire Company and Clarke County Central Dispatch failed to identify when or who in Clarke County would make the decision whether the scheduled 9:20pm fireworks display will go forward or not. Similarly, a search of the Clarke County Government website did not reveal information about the status of tonight’s event.
A fireworks announcement on the Town of Berryville’s website had not been updated regarding weather delays or cancellations as of approximately 8:00pm.
As the evening progresses, Fourth of July revelers are reminded to stay alert to changing weather conditions as storms move through the area. Be prepared to move to shelter if thunder or lightning is present and avoid standing under trees, near poles or towers in a storm.
When thunder roars go indoors.