Weekend Downpours and Street Flooding

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We are watching for sudden downpours early Sunday.

We reach the middle third of the spring season this weekend and so far, rainfall totals have been rather subdued with a mere 1.37” in Charleston and slightly more than 2” in Huntington in April.

Come Sunday afternoon, there is a good chance those numbers will be almost doubled in places.

Saturday looks mainly dry by day with a morning light shower across the Coalfields fading while late day showers coming out of the Bluegrass near Lexington blossom. That scenario would leave the Green and White game dry. The latter batch of rain could affect prom marches Saturday evening.

Of bigger concern is an expected surge of warm, moist air in the heavens late Saturday night. Heavy rain and thunderstorms could “blow up” suddenly overnight into Sunday morning. Areas that get hit hard will likely have some street flooding as storm culverts back up. Power hits from lightning strikes are also possible.

Sunday afternoon will try to dry out and brighten up before new showers form by day’s end.

Since showers could linger into Monday, valedictorians heading to the WSAZ Best of the Class should be prepared for a bit of wetness at the beautiful Huntington Museum of Art.

One final word, this is the time of year when “flooding can occur in a flash”. So keep an eye to the sky and ear to WSAZ just in case.

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