After several days of snow and rain last week, Mother Nature has given the region a taste of spring the last couple of days. I saw many folks out side enjoying this much needed break in winter. Monday was the warmest day since January 8th. That was the last time we were in the 70s area wide.
Many of you probably took advantage of this spring break-like weather to wash the salt and dirt off your vehicles, enjoy a day at the park or even take your lunch outside. But beware, just because we’re warm and dry today: don’t think it is here to stay for very long! Our neighbors to the west along the Mississippi River Valley have been dealing with rain and storms and then cold air. A powerhouse of a storm system will be marching up the Ohio Valley Tuesday.
As Al Roker says on the Today Show, “in our neck of the woods”, the rain will move into the region and may last all day along the Ohio River. The heaviest of the rain will fall along the Ohio River and north. Some areas may get as much as 1 to 3 inches in the rain bucket. From the Kanawha Valley and south up to 1” inch of rain may fall. The National Weather Service out of Charleston has issued a Flood Watch for the Ohio River cities through Wednesday afternoon. Remember a flood watch means conditions are favorable for flooding. If you live in a flood prone area, you are urged to monitor water levels frequently. A flood warning on the other hand is more serious.
If your area is under a flood warning and you live in an area where flooding is possible, then you should move to higher ground. But of course, if you observe flooding and it’s coming your way, don’t wait for a warning to be issued to get to higher ground. If you come up on high water across a roadway turn around a find another route. It only takes about ten inches of moving water to float your car away. The National Weather Service has an excellent, easy to remember phrase when it comes to high water and motorists and it’s “turn around, don’t drown”. More people in the country die in floods than in hurricanes and tornadoes combined! It’s just not worth it!
After the rain passes us by Wednesday, we can say goodbye to the 70 degree weather for awhile. Colder air and a few wet snow showers may linger into parts of Wednesday. Another storm system will bring some more light rain and snow in the Thursday, Friday time period. A chilly start to weekend looks possible. Don’t let that get you down gardeners! The 8th annual WSAZ Home & Garden show is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. It may feel like late winter outside, but it’ll feel and look like spring inside! Come on out and enjoy it. Many WSAZ personalities, including myself will be there. We hope to see you!