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Heavy Rain and Potential Flooding for Southern WV

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UPDATE: Calm through mid-afternoon before the next round of showers/storms move into the area. We could see gusty winds and heavy downpours within some of these storms as the cold front moves through the area. We could see another 1/2" to 3/4" additional rainfall for the area into tonight.

UPDATE: More rounds of showers and storms will push their way through the area as the cold front finally moves through the area. This is the same front that has brought us the showers and storms since early Monday as well as the severe weather/tornadoes down to the south. Showers will be spotty throughout the afternoon but some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall and gusty winds. The Flash Flood Watch is still in effect for the S/SE through midnight tonight. We could see another 1/2" to 1" of rainfall across the area, at time falling in a short period of time. Highs today will still be warm, topping out around 70 for most areas along and west of the Turnpike and mid to upper 60s for the higher terrain.

The front will move through the area late in the evening/overnight and the showers will gradually break up and move off to the E/NE. We could hang on to a few light showers for the Thursday morning commute but we'll see gradual clearing throughout the day with cooler temperatures. Highs on Thursday will top out in the upper 50s/low 60s.
Showers and storms are expected again today with periods of heavy rain also possible as a cold front slowly pushes across the SE. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe, Mercer counties in WV and Bland & Tazewell counties in VA through Wednesday evening for the potential flooding due to heavy rain. There is also a slight chance some of the storms could be severe with the main threat for gusty winds. The showers and heavy rain potential continue throughout the overnight with some rumbles of thunder also possible. The chance for severe storm amps back up again on Wednesday as the cold front finally pushes through the area in the late afternoon. Again, the main threat from these storms is the gusty winds and heavy downpours.

Temperatures will top out around 70 degrees for both today and Wednesday as a warm front pushes out ahead of the cold front. The threat of severe weather is always greatest in those areas that are warmer due to the storms ability to build higher in altitude. The front will push off to the east throughout Wednesday night/Thursday AM and the shower chances will gradually diminish through the day on Thursday. Temperatures will cool off behind the front with highs reaching the low 60s for Thursday and only the upper 50s on Friday