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High Water, Flooding and Gusty Winds precede Snow

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UPDATE 7:00AM

Temperatures are continuing to drop as high wind gusts continue into the early morning hours. Rain has moved out of the region and snow showers will move in throughout the day as temperatures remain below freezing for most areas. Snow showers will be off an on throughout the day with another cold front passing over this evening. Snow will continue through the overnight hours with possible accumulations of 1" in the lowlands and 3" in the higher terrain as lows dip into the single digits in some areas.

Friday morning snow showers will make way to afternoon sun as temperatures remain cold, only reaching 20 degrees in some places while others stay in the teens for highs. This will cool the ground temperatures off quite a bit, setting us up for heightened snow accumulations over the weekend.

A series of clipper systems will pass by throughout the weekend as temperatures for both Saturday and Sunday struggle to reach freezing. Snow showers will dominate the weekend with accumulations of 2" to 4" in the lowlands and 5" to 8" in the higher terrain are possible. Places like Snowshoe could see around a foot of snow by Sunday night!

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UPDATE 11:14PM

Greenbrier River set to go above flood stage by a foot Thursday in Marlinton.  

UPDATE 9:40 p.m.

Appalachian Power is reporting close to 1,200 customers are without power in McDowell County.  there are also still some power outages in Greenbrier County for customers of MonPower.

UPDATE 9PM

Flooding has become an issue with water reported over Route 19 in Beaver in Raleigh County.  Flooding was seen in Princeton earlier in the evening.  The rain will continue to be a problem and flooding will continue in southern West Virginia until at least midnight.  Even after that water levels can be high as runoff occurs for several more hours.  

Our Facebook friends are reporting the following:

  • Krystal Zandbergen There is a lot of high water places on Rt 19. I hit a scary patch in Shady Springs. Also, right in front of the river/Dairy Queen in Hinton. Not a fun time driving out tonight!! 

  • Cece Thompson Water is up in Pax. Not in the road quite yet, but paint creek is level with road. People need to drive with caution through here.

  • Marti Brewer Lots of road under water on route 20 between Green Sulpher Springs and Sandstone

  • Samantha Thompson High creeks and water on the road on maple fork

UPDATE 4:30PM 

A new small stream and creek flood warning has been issued for Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, McDowell and Wyoming counties until 10pm.  A total of a new 1-2 inches of rain is expected from the day's storm, and small streams and creeks are either at the banks or expected to rise above those marks.  Never attempt to drive into an area where water covers the road.  

Also, more strong winds are expected with this large and potent storm system.   At 1 am Pocahontas County will be elevated to a High Wind Warning where gusts on the mountain peaks could reach 70 mph through 10am.  Gusts above 35 miles per hour to as high as 50 miles per hour are possible in the rest of the region tonight, therefore more spotty power outages are possible and wind chills will take the plunge.  Lows fall to the upper 20s.  Wind Advisories are posted from 1am until 10am for much of the 59 News viewing area.  

UPDATE 1:15PM

The focus of the severe weather now shifts from winds to possible high water.  Flood watches and flash flood watches are out for the area until late night.  Another 1.5 inches of rain is possible across the area.  Toward the pre-dawn hours we could see snow showers as temperatures tumble into the 30s.  Winds will still make it feel several degrees colder. 

UPDATE 9:15AM

SevereThunderstorm Watch issued for entire 59 News viewing area until 4pm.

Flash Flood Watch and High Wind Warnings are also still in effect throughout the day.

The line of thunderstorms has moved through the Huntington area causing 2125 customers to lose power in Cabell County. Wind gusts were reported at Huntington Tri-State Airport of 46mph and Ohio University Airport reported a wind gust at 51mph as the squall line moved through the area.

Expect this line of storms to move into our are just before lunch and push to the east at around 40mph, exiting the area late this afternoon. We could see wind gusts 35 to 45mph in the low lands with the higher terrain experiencing higher gusts up to 60mph possible.

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UPDATE 6:00AM

Flash Flood Watch for most of the 59 News viewing area is in effect through late tonight for rainfall amounts of an inch to 2 inches possible.

High Wind Warning for Pocahontas, Mercer, Tazewell and Bland counties until 1am for wind gusts of 45 to 60mph.

As of 6am a strong line of thunderstorms is moving east, stretching form just west of Columbus through Louisville and just east of Nashville. Reports of 100mph winds in Nashville with heavy rain and multiple severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings along the front line of this squall line.

Tornado Watch has been issued for south western West Virginia until 1pm.

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Strong storms will move into Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia Wednesday morning and midday, some of them could be severe.  We are expecting a "squall line" of storms to move in from the west to east and it's impacts could produce some damage.


Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins says, "There could be wind gusts up above 60 miles per hour which puts that in the severe category. This does not mean everyone will lose their electricity. However, there could be outages when you deal with wind of that speed."

In any event you should all have some kind of a storm kit ready.  Whether we see this turn out to be a big deal or not, storm kits can provide you with the necessary means.

Adkins said, "I am pretty sure that most of us have indeed put together at least a few supplies like flashlights, batteries, etc after the storms we've seen in the past 6 to 8 months."

This is NOT expected to be like the derecho of this past summer.  In that case, most everyone had a significant impact from the wind gusts.  What we are planning for...someone will see the wind speed at its maximum but most will NOT.  Again, possible power outages will occur due to downed tree limbs, etc.

Our entire StormTracker weather team will be up and watching it and we'll be ready to tell you all you need to know immediately, on Wednesday morning.

Behind that storm some very cold air is going to be seen and we could pick up a nice accumulation of snow in the mountains by Friday.