More Rain Today, Flooding Concerns Linger

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AREAL FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR RALEIGH, WYOMING AND MCDOWELL COUNTIES UNTIL 9AM MONDAY, AND FAYETTE AND POCAHONTAS UNTIL 5:45AM MONDAY
AREAL FLOOD WATCHES REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR TAZEWELL COUNTY UNTIL 12PM MONDAY EVERYONE ELSE UNTIL 7AM MONDAY MORNING

We will have to keep a very close eye on streams, creeks, and rivers throughout the weekend.

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A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for northwestern Greenbrier county until 1:15 AM,

Heavy rain continues to fall over the warned area and flash flooding of streams and creeks is expected to continue or begin across the area.

Locations impacted: Rainelle, Rupert, Quinwood, Renick, Falling Spring, Rorer and Beartown State Park. Keep an eye on the following streams and drainages: Anthony Creek, Big Run, Big Clear Creek, Beech Run, Back Creek and Beaver Creeks.If you see rising waters, moves to higher ground. Never drive over water covered roadways. It’s even more difficult to tell how deep the water is at night,

Tonight heavy rains push in as the last round of moisture pushes it’s way into our area. Travel will be slow and difficult in some areas due to torrential downpours and is not recommended if you don’t have to. Dense cloud cover and southerly winds will keep us warm overnight at least, most will settle into the upper 30s and low 40s.

Additional rain totals of 1-3 inches are possible overnight with the highest totals being focused along the coal fields. Regardless of where you are, and who sees the most rain. EVERYONE is at risk of seeing some flooding either tonight or tomorrow. Remember, “turn around and don’t drown”. It’s not worth the risk to your life or your vehicle attempting to cross a flooded roadway.

Monday we see steady rain during the early morning hours which will eventually give way to more scattered showers during the morning commute and through the lunch hour. We will fully dry out by the afternoon but, a lingering threat of flooding will remain with us all day long. Some rivers and creeks, particularly the larger ones, have a delayed response to heavy rain.

Tuesday we spend drying out the ground as some sun is likely during the daytime. We won’t be nearly as warm as temperatures have drifted back to the mid and low 40s for most of us as the high pressure that is giving us our sunshine, also brought with it some chilly air.

Tuesday night a quick moving system is expected to pass by to our south. McDowell, Mercer, Tazewell, and Monroe might see a brief time of wintry mix/plain snow, but our high should keep the bulk of the precipitation south though.

Wednesday, we spend dry but chilly especially in the morning as our southern storm from the night before dragged down some cold overnight temperatures. The sun will come out it will help to add a little bit of extra heat through the day. Most should end up into the mid and upper 40s.

Thursday is a little cooler through the day than Wednesday. Highs will be closer to the lower 40s, with more sunshine on the way. The factor that will drag down temperatures is a northwesterly shift in the winds which will pipe in some cooler air.

Friday is much of the same as Thursday just with a bit more cloud cover. A few spotty showers are possible too as a fresh high pressure sliding out of the north is likely to push some moisture off the great lakes south into our area. Another case of northwest flow versus the mountains of West Virginia.

Saturday, clouds and some lingering showers remain possible too. Northwest flow will still be holding on for a period of time through the day, so expect more clouds and slightly below average temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s.

In the extended forecast, high pressure seems to maintain it’s influence over much of the area. A few longshot storm systems are passing off to our west towards the end of the forecast period but for now they aren’t in range. Temperatures look to hold near or slightly above average too for the most part.

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TONIGHT:
Heavy rain, additional flooding concerns linger. Lows in the 40s.
MONDAY:
Rain showers early, breezy. Clearing late. Highs in the 40s.
TUESDAY:
Drying out. Highs in the 40s.
WEDNESDAY:
Snow showers possible early, rain showers during the day. Highs in the low 40s.
THURSDAY:
Still dry with highs in the 50s.
FRIDAY:
Rain possible. Highs in the 40s.
SATURDAY:
Early rain. Otherwise nice. Highs in the 40s.
SUNDAY:
Quiet. Highs in the 30s.
MONDAY:
Partly cloudy. Highs in the 40s.
TUESDAY:
Looking sunny. Highs in the 50s.

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