Meteorologists say Memorial Day Weekend to feel more like July 04

Ridge of high pressure will produce temperatures in the 80s with widely scattered showers, thunderstorms
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The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend is going to feel like a mid-summer weekend in the Mountain State.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Zweir says a high pressure system continues to create summer-like warmth but it’s not strong enough to keep the moisture from the south from creating pop up showers and thunderstorms.

“Temperatures this time of year are typically in the 70s. Each day you get a little bit warmer as we head into summer but we’ve been running in the 80s for quite a while and it continues this whole weekend,” Zweir said.

After a few days of tolerable humidity, the stuffiness was expected to ramp up Friday afternoon and stay that way through Monday. The rain will be scattered but any one storm could be severe, according to Zweir.

“Keep your eyes to the sky and if you see a thunderstorm or dark clouds approaching–if you’re outside doing something–find some shelter,” Zweir said. “There will be a chance for some lightening to come through which can be very dangerous.”

Those with outdoor activities scheduled though don’t have to worry about cancelling their plans.

“It’s definitely not a washout. It will be more isolated, scattered-type things so not everybody will get hit but some people will,” Zweir said.

The mountain counties will be the cool spot this weekend with temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 70s.

The warm air will continue to dominate the weather next week.

NWS: Heavy storms possible again (05.15.18)

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Heavy storms could impact West Virginia again Tuesday afternoon and evening but there’s a chance it will be different locations than where heavy storms hit Monday.

Mon Power and Potomac Edison were reporting more than 9,000 customers without service Tuesday morning after Monday’s activity that included high winds and hail.

Some of the largest outage numbers remain in Pendleton, Jefferson and Randolph counties.

Flash Flood Watches take effect at 1 p.m. Tuesday and continue into the evening in Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Tucker counties.

All of the Eastern Panhandle Counties, with the exception of Pendleton County, will be under Flood Watches late Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday for heavy rain out of slow-moving thunderstorms.

According to the National Weather Service, rainfall totals of 1.5 to 2 inches are expected with maybe some locally higher amounts.

The heaviest storms could hit central and southern counties including the Kanawha Valley later in the day on Tuesday where temperatures are expected to rise to the 90 degree mark once again. The southern coalfields could see the earliest action Tuesday, meteorologist said.

Heavy rains force small streams out of their banks

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The National Weather Service has extended a small stream flood warning for northwestern Kanawha County and Putnam County until 2 a.m. Monday.

According to the weather service, Putnam County emergency officials said record breaking flooding was occurring along Hurricane Creek Sunday afternoon in Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Hurricane and Winfield. Other streams had exceeded their banks.

High water closed sections of state Route 34, U.S. Route 60 between Hurricane and St. Albans and Route 817 near the John Amos Power Plant.

Flood warnings for several other counties were due to expire by 5:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service also issued a flood watch for 13 central and northeastern counties beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday to Monday afternoon.

Counties under the watch include:

Wayne, Cabell, Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Boone, Clay, Braxton, Upshur, Barbour, Fayette, Pocahontas and Randolph counties.

Rainfall totals could exceed 2 inches on Sunday

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An area stretching from north to south through the middle of the state could see flooding rains Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists have placed a few dozen counties under flash flood watches and flood watches through the majority of the day Sunday.

A cold front is expected to produce heavy rain Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening with the heaviest amount expected in the evening hours along the eastern ridges.  As much as 2.5 inches of rain could fall in some areas.

The cold front follows a record-setting day for high temperatures Saturday. For example, it was 87 in Morgantown which broke the previous record high for April 14 set in 1967.

The counties under watches include:

Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Roane, Taylor, Pocahontas, Randolph, Webster, Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, Boone, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Wyoming, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Tucker, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock counties.

NWS: April snow and potential flooding on the way

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More winter weather and flooding is possible in parts of West Virginia this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

A Winter Storm Watch takes affect Friday night through Saturday for areas of southwest West Virginia.

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Parts of Putnam, Lincoln, Cabell, Wayne, Mason and Kanawha counties could see several inches of snow.

“Depending on where you are in the state, it could be anywhere from 4-6 to even 7-8 inches as we head up into the higher elevations,” said NWS Meteorologist Nick Webb on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

The storm system is expected to with rain Friday night and switch over to snow.

“Looks like a good chunk the state — the southern half into the central parts of the state will see snow. The confidence on just how much will fall is in question there,” Webb said.

In addition to another snow event, parts of the Ohio River could experience some flooding.

River Flood Warnings take affect for parts of West Virginia including Parkersburg, Belleville and Point Pleasant. In Ohio, areas of Marietta, Pomeroy and Racine could be affected.

“Most of those are forecast to go into minor flood stage with the exception of Belleville, which is forecast to go into moderate flood stage,” Webb said.

Another round of heavy storms expected Tuesday night

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The National Weather Service put counties along the U.S. Route 50 corridor from Parkersburg to near Clarksburg under a flood warning Tuesday afternoon following thunderstorms that were producing heavy rain.

Forecasters said more than one inch of rain had fallen in some areas by 2:30 p.m. with localized higher amounts. More rain was expected in the warned areas.

The flood warnings impacted Wood, Pleasants, Ritchie, Doddridge, Wirt, Monongalia, Wetzel, Marshall and Marion counties. Flood advisories were posted for Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties.

A flash flood warning was posted for the Ohio counties across the Ohio River from Parkersburg.

Meteorologists have forecasted another line of storms to move across West Virginia late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

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