WBOY STORMTRACKER 12 WEATHER SYNOPSIS:
Spring-like warmth continues Wednesday after record-breaking Tuesday temperatures. Very mild morning temperatures in the 60s set the stage for highs in the low/mid 70s away from the mountains. Only slightly cooler temperatures will be observed looking east with highs in the mid/upper 60s.
Don't be lulled into dropping your guard this week. While it is nice to have these spring-like temperatures, we should use any dry weather to our advantage by planning ahead and preparing for potential flooding. Repeat, heavy late-week rains are expected to prime the area for flooding this weekend. The Ohio River is expected to crest with minor/moderate flooding by Sunday into Monday (2/26). Smaller creeks and streams are also expected to pose additional flooding concerns similar to last weekend.
Look for a few rogue rain showers from mid-morning into around the lunch hour. We expect a line of gusty rain showers to spread eastward throughout the entire area during the mid to late-afternoon through the evening. Any thunderstorms will likely weaken considerably as they approach the Ohio River. Still, while no severe threat is expected, the line of gusty showers will be capable of producing briefly heavy rain and gusts to 40 MPH. An uprooted tree or two cannot be ruled out.
Unsettled, soggy weather is in store for much of the second half of the work week and through the weekend as that slow-moving front will be slow to exit to the east. A conveyor of moisture-rich air from the Gulf of Mexico will hammer the Mountain State with shower after shower this weekend. Occasionally heavy downpours are possible and weekend temperatures will trend slightly cooler but still warmer than average for late-February.
While the smaller creeks/streams recede Sunday evening, the Ohio River and perhaps a couple other major waterways are expected to crest early next week.
We'll finally dry out Sunday night into Monday next week.
WEDNESDAY: Mild with increasing clouds and scattered rain/thundershowers. High: 76. Wind: Southwest->Northwest 12-22 MPH. Gusts to 35-40 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Overcast ad not as warm with periods of moderate to heavy rain. Low: 47. Wind: North 6-16 MPH.
THURSDAY: Mainly cloudy and not as warm with widespread moderate to heavy rain. High: 56. Low: 49.
FRIDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High: 68. Low: 50.
SATURDAY: Generally cloudy with scattered rain. High: 66. Low: 52.
SUNDAY: Cloudy and rainy. High: 58. Low: 38.
MONDAY: Partly cloudy and finally dry. Turning cooler at night. High: 50. Low: 28.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and dry. High: 48. Low: 26.
--StormTracker 12 Meteorologist, Shawn Householder
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