Forecasters predict a wet weekend in West Virginia

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The National Weather Service has posted a hazardous weather outlook for the entire state of West Virginia for this weekend. However, Meteorologist Andy Roche at the Charleston Weather Bureau advises the most imminent threat appears to be to the Ohio Valley and across northern West Virginia.

“We have a complicated weather situation,” said Roche. “Mostly for the Ohio Valley and parts of northern West Virginia through the weekend.”

The weather is setting up a collision course between the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon which came ashore earlier this week in Mississippi and a separate warm front pushing into West Virginia from the northwest.

“They are separate systems, but they are going to join together by Saturday,” said Roche. “They’ll interact together and cause a lot of problems.”

The problems could mean extremely heavy rainfall in isolated areas. The deluge, with possible training storms and slow moving systems, is expected to be enough to push streams out of their banks quickly.

“It’s expected most of the tributaries of the Ohio River will run high by Monday,” said Roche.

The rain could start developing Friday night, but is expected to become most active Saturday, Sunday, and stretch into Monday in some locations.

Flood threat continues through Friday

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of West Virginia through Friday as a slow-moving system with lots of moisture threatens areas prone to flooding.

“We have very wet soils already and we have a lot more moisture that continues to pump into the region,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Ross Giarratana said Wednesday. “It’s a pretty stagnant weather pattern. We have a lot of moisture pumping in ahead of this upper level weather system and as a result we are seeing numerous rounds of showers and storms.”

An area including the Interstate 79 corridor and parts of Randolph and Pocahontas counties appear to face the biggest threat of high water but Giarratana said residents in other areas also need to be alert.

“Most locations should at least see moderate to at times heavy periods of rainfall and this will be persistent through the end of the week,” Giarratana said.

High water could occur on streams, creeks, rivers, low-lying and poor drainage areas.

Giarratana said it appears the system will begin to break-up by the weekend.

Strong storms roll through West Virginia to close out July

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The new work week was starting with storms in parts of West Virginia.

Some of the storms were packing a heavy punch with the best chances for strong storms in the forecast for late Monday afternoon, according to forecasters.

“The biggest threat would be strong, damaging wind gusts as well as heavy downpours — that’ll be a threat too,” said Ross Giarratana, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Charleston.

The latest watches and warnings, which were changing frequently as of Monday morning, are available HERE.

“We have a good amount of warmth and humidity in the lower levels of the atmosphere and cooler temperatures higher up and so that sets up a favorable atmosphere for getting storms to develop,” Giarratana said.

“We also have winds that are relatively strong throughout the atmosphere. That’ll help to get more organized storm structure.”

Additional rounds of storms were expected to develop into Tuesday.

“Rainfall amounts will need monitored for possible flooding concerns through Thursday, especially in the mountains,” a Monday report from the National Weather Service in Charleston indicated.

Warm and muggy weather with chances for showers and thunderstorms could continue into the coming weekend.

Scorcher for the 4th of July

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A dome of high pressure over the eastern United States continues to bring hot and humid weather to our region.

“The upper level jet stream has been displaced far northward into eastern Canada,” said Meteorologist Ross Giarratana with the Charleston weather bureau. “Beneath that jet stream we’re seeing a really strong push of warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico across the entire eastern U.S.”

The effect is enough to prompt heat advisories and excessive heat warnings from the National Weather Service for parts of West Virginia. The advisories were issued for Pleasants, Tyler, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Hancock, Brook, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, and Monongalia County. Counties under the excessive heat warning are Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Lincoln, Putnam, and Kanawha Counties. The advisories are in effect from noon Wednesday until 8 p.m.

“If you do happen to have to work outside today for any length of time, seek shade and stay hydrated,” said Giarratana. “If you’re looking to spend the holiday in the outdoors, stay near an air conditioned facility to try and cool down and keep lots of fluids in you.”

The weather pattern which has brought temperatures in the 90’s and humidity which has made it feel like it’s more than 100 degrees for nearly a week is expected to start breaking up on Thursday and by Friday temperatures will be back in the 80’s with the arrival of a cold front which will bring shower activity back to the state.

National Weather Service says flooding a threat through Friday

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The counties in West Virginia’s mid-section are under a flash flood watch from the National Weather Service until early Saturday morning.

Central West Virginia counties under the threat of flooding.

The steady rain is adding to what has already been a soggy month, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Maura Casey.

“When creeks are already up and the ground is already saturated and we get more rain on top of it–that’s where we get some flooding issues,” Casey said.

The steadiest rain Thursday afternoon was along Interstate 77 north of Charleston. High water was reported in the Sissonville area of Kanawha County and the Goldtown area of Jackson County. There were some reports of rainfall approaching three inches by 6:00 p.m. A flash flood warning was posted for the area until 10:15 p.m. Thursday. Parts of Wood and Pleasants counties were placed under a flood warning Thursday until 11:30 p.m.

The rain was expected to be more scattered Friday, Casey said.

“Luckily this is a pretty steady, spread out rain, but because we have those isolated spots that have received a lot of rain it’s definitely something to keep an eye on,” Casey said.

The flash flood watch for the central counties runs through Saturday at 2 a.m.

The counties under that watch include:

Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Randolph, Webster, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wirt and Wood.

Tropical storm may deliver heavy rains to West Virginia for the rest of the week

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The National Weather Service in Charleston said West Virginia looks to be in a terrible position as the sub-tropical storm called Alberto makes its way to the north.

The storm, which originated Monday in the Gulf of Mexico, has caused widespread problems in the south and is expected to do the same in our region before the weekend.

“With the system moving up into the west, it puts us on the east side,” said Ray Young, meteorologist at the Charleston Weather Bureau of the National Weather Service said Monday. “What happens with these tropical systems are spiral bands of rain, the spiral bands on the east side tend to be the ones that train after each other and don’t rotate.”

“Training” is a term familiar to anybody who has endured a flood in West Virginia. Training happens when one storm passes through only to be followed by another in the exact same area. The impact could be repeated multiple times. The culminating effect of training storms has had disastrous impacts in West Virginia in recent years. Young said Alberto’s rain has the same potential, but the specific location within West Virginia is still hard to know.

“We’re in a really dangerous spot on this tropical system so anywhere one of those bands sets up it’s going to be dangerous,” he explained. “It could be anywhere in our territory, unfortunately it’s too early to say exactly where it will set up.”

Two factors will help West Virginia, according to Young. One will be the western North Carolina mountains which should take the brunt of the rainfall. However, they won’t take it all. Young added the system will be rather fast-moving and should start to break up and be gone by Friday.

“By Friday we start to get a little bit of dryer air in here,” he said. “We still have a threat on Friday, but it goes down considerably as the tropical moisture moves off us of by the weekend.”

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