Flood Risk Saturday, Much Better Sunday

It's a rare rainy September Saturday on tap. Tony blogs grey and wet skies and area events.

Wet Saturday Poses High Water Risk

It’s now officially autumn; the dry season here in Appalachia. No surprise this year that this first weekend of fall will start out on a wet note. Of course, just how wet it gets is important since the risk of too much rain is a real concern in some areas.

First off, Friday night football games turned into muddy free-for-alls with showers and downpours turning grass fields into sloppy quagmires. Paul and John tell me there have been some gi-normous upsets, so I can only hope my picks in the WSAZ Football Friday night contest did not go totally awry.

The ground is now soaked after recent rains, so the risk of new downpours on Saturday raises the specter of probable street flooding (culvert, storm sewer back-up) and possible small stream overflow.

Let’s let Josh hone the Doppler 3 radar scope into the heaviest rains in the morning before we pinpoint where flooding is most likely. Still, I sense two areas are more prone than others. The first runs from Ironton to Huntington and along I-64 thru Putnam and Kanawha Counties where an inch of rain fell on Friday.

The second is the Kentucky and West Virginia Coalfields where the tropical air on Saturday is likely to produce as much as 2 or 3 inches of rain water.

By the way, the rains will be strong enough to bring some leaves down before the fall foliage season kicks in, but not to worry as there are many strong leaves on the trees this year after a wet summer.

As for fall fests, I will be in Jackson for the Apple Festival parade on Saturday night. The rainy skies of the day will give way to just a leftover shower in the evening. Last year I was blown away by the number of people who lined the Jackson parade route. I stand by my estimate of 35-50K! It was like walking the boardwalk on a summer night at Coney Island.

Since your festival is apt to get rained upon on Saturday, word of Sunday’s drying sunshine will help salvage a 50-50 weekend. Our friends from the Kiwanis of Chapmanville will be churning out that mouth watering apple butter all weekend long. In Poca, Heritage Days are an Appalachian celebration of food, music and history.

In Huntington, folks are going Greek, as in the Greek Festival where gyros and baklavas are my favs.

Mike Webb, our weather faithful watcher from Kermit, reminds us the city’s Fall Fest starts with a parade at 11 on Saturday. Then it is over to city park for all sorts of activities. I hope my forecast is off since the Kermit celebration is a one day deal.

One smart move has been pulled off by the COPS Cruise-In staff in Belfry. Here the event has been moved from Saturday to Sunday because of the rain. It will now be at Belfry High School from 3 to 7 on Sunday.

By the way, daytime showers in Columbus and Lexington should be gone mostly for the Cats game at Commonwealth and the Buckeyes at the Shoe. Dress for an evening in the 60s.

Meanwhile in Memphis, the Herd and Tigers will enjoy a fast track and warm day with sun at the Liberty Bowl.

So best I can say is check with Josh in the morning and with WSAZ.COM all weekend long for an updated look at the 3D Doppler radar.
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