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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Say it ain’t so…SNOW! ***Winter Storm Watch*** goes into effect Friday night through Saturday for the possibility of several inches of heavy wet snow. These may be expanded further this afternoon if confidence increases. Stay tuned!!!! #wvwx #ohwx #kywx

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.

Heavy rain part of the forecast through Friday morning

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for several central and south central West Virginia counties through Friday afternoon.

The watch area includes Kanawha, Calhoun, Doddridge, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, Upshur, Barbour, Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Lincoln, Putnam, Roane, Wirt and Ritchie counties.

According to the NWS, some parts of the watch area could receive 2.5 inches of rain or more from the system. The first round of heavy rain is expected around midday Wednesday.

As the rain continues into Thursday, residents need to watch out for flooded roads especially along streams and creeks and in poor drainage areas.

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Braxton County Schools



Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Barbour County Schools

All Closed


Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Nicholas County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Webster County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

Wetzel County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Wirt County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Wood County Schools

2-Hour Delay

Glenville State College


Gilmer County Board of Education


Gilmer County Courthouse


Gilmer County Health Department


Gilmer County Senior Center


Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic



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Spring Has Sprung! But Another Powerful Winter Storm for West Virginia

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Spring is arriving with a taste of winter in West Virginia.

Snowfall in the state’s northern mountains and eastern panhandle prompted schools in that region to close on Tuesday. The National Weather Service reports more is on the way, a lot more.

“In the Eastern Panhandle in particular they’ll have pretty substantial snowfall accumulation through tomorrow (Wednesday),” said Meteorologist Maura Casey at the Charleston Weather Bureau. “Highest snowfall totals could be up around a foot in the north central mountains and areas toward the east.”

The snowfall is part of a much larger system which is expected to dump a bigger load of snow on New England later in the week. A winter storm warning remains in effect for counties along the Virginia border and to the east of the West Virginia mountains stretching from Mercer County and the Beckley area all the way into the eastern panhandle. Western counties of West Virginia are under a winter weather advisory.

Casey said those regions are currently receiving rain–which will change over during Tuesday night into Wednesday.

“Wheeling, Morgantown, Elkins and that area will switch over to snow around 11 p.m. to midnight,” she explained. “By 5 to 7 a.m. the Metro area around Charleston and the coalfields will switch over to snow.”

The level of accumulation in the western counties of the state is a bit of a moving target for the weather service. Casey said it still depends on how rapidly the temperatures drop and that’s hard to tell this early in the process.

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