Flood Risk Lessens, Not Over

1PM Update

The heaviest rains have now pushed away so the risk of WIDESPREAD FLASH FLOODING has ended.

As skies brighten this afternoon, new scattered thunderstorms will be forming. That puts us back into the pattern where an afternoon gully washer can create localized storm issues (like we saw in Kanawha City on July 4th and Huntington yesterday).

When and where these would occur is not forecast-able until they form…though SouthernOhio in the 3-7pm period is a bit more favored than other areas.

In other words, back to a typical summer day pattern with afternoon builds up, but spotty in nature.

By the way, there looks to be a weather delay at the Greenbrier shortly as thunderstorms pass through the Old White.

Sunday Flood Risk Re-Assessed

Morning rains have not had enough “staying-power” to generate serious flood issues. Just nuisance street flooding so far has been reported. That includes the closure of the 8th and 10th street viaducts in Huntington.

The Jackson Ohio police dispatcher said it best. “Streams are high, but so far not in flood”.

By 10AM, the heaviest rains were east of Spencer and Charleston. As they move eastward by noon these cells have the capability of producing some localized problems with water and given the increased risk of lightning, some power hits. Calhoun, Gilmer, Braxton, Nicholas and Clay Counties will be at risk.

These cells will be part of an afternoon thundery pattern in the mountains of WV, so Greenbrier Classic attendees have the rain gear handy and be prepared for a weather delay before the 2013 champion is crowned.

Meanwhile, heavy rains in Tennessee will be moving northeastward and arriving in the Coalfields of SE Kentucky and West Virginia by noon. This will be an area to watch closely this afternoon.

As skies brighten this afternoon the risk of new showers and thunderstorms forming will be a concern. The area most likely to see the new development is in southern Ohio.

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