High Water Wednesday Ahead

High Water Wednesday Ahead

Early this Wednesday morning heavy rains are re-developing across Southern Ohio and Eastern Kentucky in response to the clash of warm and humid southerly winds with an advancing fall-like cold front oozing in from the west.

That front is the same one that has been partly responsible for some of the severe weather that has pounded America’s heartland and Deep South this week. While our region should stay tornado-free, the price to be paid for the passage of this front is a rash of high water events.

The pace of the front’s eastward trek will go a long way to defining which areas experience high water. The slower the front moves, the more serious Wednesday’s flooding will be.

Likewise a faster pace would translate to less of a high water event.

Given the reality that small streams like the Little Indian and Trace Creeks in Lawrence Ohio swelled during Tuesday’s rains and the streets of Huntington around Edwards Stadium and Arlington Blvd experienced their first round of spring flooding, it is almost a sure bet that a second round of high water, likely more widespread will occur.

Doppler radar will light up by first light of day as ‘training’ rains align themselves in a SW to NE fashion along the Big Sandy and Ohio River Valleys. The term training refers to one band of rain after another parading across the same wet soil.

The heavy rains which started in the Buckeye and Bluegrass States last night will migrate into the Kanawha Valley and Southern Coalfields during Wednesday morning.

Some school closings or early dismissals are likely as the waters rise on rural roads where school buses drive.

With late night computer simulations targeting the stretch from Parkersburg to Gallipolis to Huntington on the Ohio and from Ashland to Pikeville along the Country Music Highway for heavy morning rains, it’s a good bet that widespread flooding becomes an issue.

Then as the heavy rains get tangled in the mountains by afternoon, the greater Charleston-Kanawha Valley-Southern Coalfield region will be under the gun for flooding.

Small rivers like the Tug, Coal, Elk , Little Kanawha, Gauley and Guyandotte in WV, the Little Sandy and Tygarts Creek in Kentucky will join the Symmes Creek, Scioto and Hocking Rivers in Ohio by rising stoutly.

From there interests along the Great Kanawha and Mighty Ohio should monitor the rises on those rivers that are inevitable as weekend approaches. This suggests pleasure boats may be stuck in the marina this weekend.

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