Saturday Soaker Raises High Water Concerns

Wet Summer Finale

The summer of 2013 will come to a stormy end on Saturday as drenching downpours slosh through our region. With a warm and muggy air mass in place, the action of a moisture laden south wind getting tangled in the hills of our region will wring out heavy rains on Saturday morning.

Given the history of this wet summer, the likelihood of street flooding is high in the usual poor drainage areas. In addition, there is credible concern that these rains will fall on a soggy ground in mountainous West Virginia to produce pockets of small stream flooding.

The window for heavy rains and local high water is dawn until noon in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky and more in the 8am until 2pm in the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Valleys. That high water period will run from 9am until 3pm or so in the high country.

Flash Flood Watches were expanded into the Kanawha Valley (issued late Friday night for Saturday) and will need to be re-evaluated at first light of day.

Specifically, parades in Milton (Pumpkin Fest at 11am), Dunbar (Fall Fest at 11am ) and Clay (Golden Delicious Fest) at 2pm look to be wet affairs with evening parades like that in Jackson Ohio (Apple Festival at 7:45) trending cooler, breezy and drier.

Festivals in Lincoln County (Hillbilly Fest), Williamson (King Coal), Ashland (Poage Landing Days) and Belleville (Homecoming) figure to have a wet morning and early afternoon with drier weather for evening concerts.

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