Blast of Winter May Cause Flooding, Ice In Region

Huntington, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A line of winter weather approached West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky on Friday, threatening the region with isolated flooding and icy roads through Sunday morning.

At least eight schools in the region sent students home early Friday because of the impending winter weather. Several Southern Ohio schools had already closed for the day.

WSAZ.com's First Warning Weather Team reported that a flood watch remained in effect through Friday night. A watch means flooding is possible and you should monitor flood prone and poor drainage areas.

If there are breaks in the expected heavy rain, creeks and streams should stay within their banks. However, street flooding still appears to be the biggest threat. WSAZ.com received reports of local high water Friday morning.

The First Warning Weather Team said sleet will mix with the rain for Ohio and Kentucky counties later Friday. Lewis, Scioto, Vinton, Athens Counties in Ohio are under a Winter Weather Advisory through Friday night for wintry precipitation. Those counties could pick up an inch or two of snow and sleet.

The entire region will experience a brief period of sleet and snow as the precipitation ends overnight. It's possible we could get a grassy coating with a few slick spots Sautrday morning.

Saturday looks quiet and cold.

A new storm system will arrive late Saturday night into Sunday morning with snow, sleet and freezing rain then changing to all rainSunday afternoon into Monday. This will pose another flood risk.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on the winter weather.


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