Winds and Rains Galore

Rain and Wind Storms Depart

This last day of winter is ending on an appropriately wet and wild note. I say that since the winter of 2008 will be known for a rash of high wind storms as well as drought busting rains.

Wednesday’s heaviest rains were confined to southeastern Ohio as expected. There, rain buckets measured up to 2 inches before being emptied. Still that amount was at the low end of the 2 to 4 inches I had predicted. This has resulted in small stream overflow and road closures.

In Lewis County Kentucky, Quicks Run Road , northwest of Vanceburg off Route 8, has taken on enough water to be closed in spots. Salt Lick Road off the AA Highway near Charters has also been flooded.

Several Counties in Ohio have road closures. Hot spots include state route 140 in Oak Hill and several smaller county roads in Jackson County. In Athens County, the Hocking River is going into flood so many access roads along the Hocking are closed. Rt 13 south of Chauncey is down to one lane southbound as is 278 north of Nelsonville.

In Scioto County, Rt 93 near Reardon has been closed and with the Scioto rising and backwater from the Ohio assured, look for a few roads in West Portsmouth to be closed in time.

In Meigs County, a dozen or so roads are affected by high water including 681 near Joppa and Alfa, 833 just outside of Pomeroy, 124 off Rt 7 and New Lima out if Rutalnd to name a few.

A word of caution! If you are traveling a rural unlit road in Ohio tonight, respect the fact that small streams are near flood stage and will be overflowing onto county roads. If you encounter a road that is covered with water, since visibility is low at night, your best recourse would be to turn around.

In time all this water will work its way into the Ohio River. Latest predictions from the supercomputers used by my colleagues at the National Weather Service suggest the low end of the rainfall forecast has shaved a few feet off crest predictions. So most locations along the Ohio will crest Friday or Saturday at a foot or so below where the river crested in early March. Again, that’s a lower level than expected last night.

So Pomeroyians, take heart, the mighty Ohio will send water into your famous bandstand's steps, but will not reach onto Main Street this go round!

The other facet of Wednesday’s storm was the rash of high wind storms that crossed the Coalfield region and clipped the Kanawha Valley. A mighty 85 mile per hour wind gust was measured at the Yeager airport at 6:30 with a few folks swearing it was a tornado. Said James Chaney…

"My wife works at Sams Club at South Ridge. A lady she works with was off tonight and she lives somewhere on I79 in Kanawha County. She called my wife at work and said that they saw a tornado land where she lives. It didn't hit her house bet did hit other houses and trailer around where she lives."

Rain and Wind Storms Depart

This last day of winter is ending on an appropriately wet and wild note. I say that since the winter of 2008 will be known for a rash of high wind storms as well as drought busting rains.

Wednesday’s heaviest rains were confined to southeastern Ohio as expected. There, rain buckets measured up to 2 inches before being emptied. Still that amount was at the low end of the 2 to 4 inches I had predicted. This has resulted in small stream overflow and road closures.

In Lewis County Kentucky, Quicks Run Road , northwest of Vanceburg off Route 8, has taken on enough water to be closed in spots. Salt Lick Road off the AA Highway near Charters has also been flooded.

Several Counties in Ohio have road closures. Hot spots include state route 140 in Oak Hill and several smaller county roads in Jackson County. In Athens County, the Hocking River is going into flood so many access roads along the Hocking are closed. Rt 13 south of Chauncey is down to one lane southbound as is 278 north of Nelsonville.

In Scioto County, Rt 93 near Reardon has been closed and with the Scioto rising and backwater from the Ohio assured, look for a few roads in West Portsmouth to be closed in time.

A word of caution! If you are traveling a rural unlit road in Ohio tonight, respect the fact that small streams are near flood stage and will be overflowing onto county roads. If you encounter a road that is covered with water, since visibility is low at night, your best recourse would be to turn around.

In time all this water will work its way into the Ohio River. Latest predictions from the supercomputers used by my colleagues at the National Weather Service suggest the low end of the rainfall forecast has shaved a few feet off crest predictions. So most locations along the Ohio will crest Friday or Saturday at a foot or so below where the river crested in early March. Again, that’s a lower level than expected last night.

The other facet of Wednesday’s storm was the rash of high wind storms that crossed the Coalfield region and clipped the Kanawha Valley. A mighty 85 mile per hour wind gust was measured at the Yeager airport at 6:30 with a few folks swearing it was a tornado. Said James Chaney…

"My wife works at Sams Club at South Ridge. A lady she works with was off tonight and she lives somewhere on I79 in Kanawha County. She called my wife at work and said that they saw a tornado land where she lives. It didn't hit her house bet did hit other houses and trailer around where she lives."

Braxton County was hit hard by the same Yeager airport squall. Power lines werte blown down in Gassaway and wind damage also swept thru Heaters.

In Kentucky, high winds swept thru parts of the Coalfields from Martin County south on the Country Music highway to Pike County. In Martin County, state route 40 near Ooten saw trees felled.

But as of 9 PM, colder winds are arriving on the scene in effect choking off the warm, moist wind currents needed for heavy rains and high winds.

Maundy Thursday will dawn chilly with a passing mountain flurry before a chilly March sun greets the first day of spring. The equinox occurs just before 2 AM.

Friday, 50s with sun are in the forecast.


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