Heavy Rain Moves In, Flooding Risk Rises


The National Weather Service in Charleston, WV has issued a FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Eastern McDowell County in southern West Virginia & Southeastern Wyoming County in southern West Virginia  Until midnight. FLASH FLOODING is a dangerous situation where waters can rise quickly. Watch local creeks and streams for fast-rising water as multiple rounds of heavy downpours make their way through the region.  Remember, roadways can become covered quickly in flash flooding conditions. DON’T DROWN, TURN AROUND and never drive over a flooded roadway.  Downed trees and debris may be mixed in with floodwaters you can’t see at night.

Tonight, heavy slow-moving showers and storms remain possible across much of the region as Tropical Moisture pushes north along a weak warm front. Timing the rain, it should pick up towards the later hours of the morning and into the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the upper 70s with overcast skies.

Flooding is a concern today, as the ground in most areas is starting to become more saturated after a few days of hit or miss heavy rain. As a result, a medium risk of flooding is out for Monday. Please remain weather aware, and remember to turn around and don’t drown!

Tuesday, the now likely remnants of Fred begin to creep further north and along with it more and more moisture. This will continue to fuel the heavy rain potential across the area, but the heaviest axis of rain is looking to shift more towards the mountains and points east into Virginia. Regardless everyone still maintains a risk of flooding potential and everyone should be ready to take alternate routes as street flooding is not out of the question. 

Wednesday, the remnant low of Fred begins to pass through. This means another day of heavy tropical-fueled rainfall across the area and the potential for isolated flooding across all of the region. Along with the remnant low, some gusty winds are expected, and with saturated soils, it is probable we could see some older or weaker trees pushed over! These will be the most direct impacts we see from Fred. Highs stick to the 70s. 

All said and done by Wednesday night, rainfall totals will range from 1-3 inches for most of the region with isolated areas getting possibly up to 5 inches! A lot of the highest rainfall totals will have to do with Fred’s remnants final path through the mountains, but for now, it does look like along and east of the mountains into Virginia could see the highest totals.

Thursday, while our rain chances begin to fall off quickly we still are not completely in the clear just yet. On and off showers and storms will continue but at least some of us should stay dry through the day. Highs in the low 80s are expected, but not much in the way of the sun. 

Friday, we can’t shake the risk of showers as the high stalled to our east keeps driving moisture up along the Appalachians. We needed the rain but, this is quite the unsettled pattern we’ve gotten into! Highs remain in the mid and upper 70s for most.

Saturday continues to see hit and miss shower and storm chances but not at widespread as the past few days. We’ll start to warm back up as well with temperatures making their way back above the 80-degree mark.

Sunday should be one of the driest days we’ve seen in a while with only a handful of hit or miss showers expected across the region. Highs stick near the 80s as well. 

In the extended forecast we continue to see a slow process of drying out. Highs stay near mostly seasonable levels as well. 

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Rain for most. Lows in the mids 60s.
Rain on and off. Highs in the mid to upper 70s and low 80s.
Hit or miss rain continues. Highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.
Cooler with some showers. Highs in the upper 70s,
Small chance of showers. Highs near average.
Can’t shake the rain yet. Highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.
Scattered showers. Highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.
If we told you it will still rain, would you be shocked by now? Highs in the mid 80s.
Still unsettled, Sct. showers. Highs in the mid-80s.

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