WBOY STORMTRACKER 12 WEATHER SYNOPSIS:
FLOOD WATCH: Has been issued for Marion, Monongalia, Garrett, Wetzel, Tucker, Tyler, Preston, and Pleasants Counties until Sunday night. Repeat heavy rains are expected to result in a quick rise in water levels especially in small creeks and streams which may rise out of their banks resulting in minor/moderate flooding during the watch timeframe. Closely monitor water levels and be prepared to move to higher ground if necessary.
Remember, flooding/flash flooding is especially dangerous at night when those travel hazards are harder to notice. Most flooding fatalities occur in vehicles. Never attempt to drive over flooded roadways. Water may be deeper than it appears. Turn around, don't drown. Find an alternate route or wait for the water to recede.
As little as 6 inches of running water can sweep you off your feet. 12 inches of water can sweep a vehicle off the road. Your tires can begin to lose contact with the road at speeds as low as 35 MPH.
A slow-moving frontal boundary remains the main weather player for the region now through the end of the weekend with periods of rain becoming heavy at times. While mild, Friday remains unsettled as a stationary front wavers back and forth. Scattered showers have moved through today which have been heavy at times. This will continue into this evening with a few isolated thunderstorms before a steadier rain sets in tonight. Otherwise, it'll be a mild night with low temperatures in the 50s.
Look for rain to redevelop Saturday as yet another cold front sweeps eastward into the Ohio Valley with widespread heavy rain. The highest rainfall is expected along the Ohio River and looking north, near the Mason-Dixon Line into the weekend. Look for 2-3" along extreme western WV and for far northern WV with locally higher amounts in excess of 4" possible in spots. Elsewhere, new rain will be in the 1.5 to 3" range through the entire weekend. We'll be most vulnerable to flooding, rock slides, uprooted trees & other wet weather problems Saturday afternoon through Sunday night. Small creeks/streams will be most susceptible to flooding & flash flooding. Major rivers including the West Fork, Tygart, Cheat, Monongahela & especially the Ohio River will also be subject to flooding from Saturday evening into early next week. Click here to check the latest NWS river forecast.
Cool, dry high pressure will build overhead to provide a much needed break from the rain by Sunday night into early next week. While most locations will be dry Monday, some lingering light rain & drizzle is possible along the far south-eastern mountains. More widespread rains will develop by Wednesday afternoon into Thursday next week.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Scattered showers with isolated thunderstorms. Low: 52. Wind: SW 5-10 MPH.
SATURDAY: Overcast with widespread rain, heavy at times. High: 66. Low: 57.
SUNDAY: Cloudy and rainy with scattered flooding on small creeks/streams & river. Look for gradual clearing after noon. High: 66. Low: 40.
MONDAY: Partly cloudy and mostly dry with some drizzle along the far eastern mountains. High: 55. Low: 32.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and dry. High: 60. Low: 39.
WEDNESDAY: Increasing clouds with scattered light afternoon showers. High: 60. Low: 44.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High: 63. Low: 45.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with light to moderate rain. High: 51. Low: 35.
--StormTracker 12 Meteorologist, Veronica Dolan
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