From the WSAZ First Warning Weather Center... The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the counties of Boyd, Greenup and Lawrence in Kentucky, for Lawrence County in Ohio and for the counties of Boone, Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne in West Virginia until 9:15 PM... FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... BOYD COUNTY IN KENTUCKY... THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...CANNONSBURG...ASHLAND... SOUTHEASTERN GREENUP COUNTY IN KENTUCKY... NORTHEASTERN LAWRENCE COUNTY IN KENTUCKY... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF LOUISA... WEST CENTRAL BOONE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... SOUTHERN CABELL COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON... LINCOLN COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF HAMLIN... WAYNE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...WAYNE...BEECH FORK STATE PARK... SOUTHERN LAWRENCE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OHIO... THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...PROCTORVILLE...IRONTON...COAL GROVE...CHESAPEAKE... UNTIL 915 PM EDT AT 611 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE WARNED AREA...WITH MORE STORMS TO FOLLOW THRU 7 PM. EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY...COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS...STREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING. LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO ONA... SPURLOCKVILLE...RANGER...KIAHSVILLE...GILL...DUNLOW...FORT GAY AND EAST LYNN LAKE PLEASE REPORT HIGH WATER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE...800-401-9535...WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY. YOU MAY ALSO REPORT HIGH WATER BY POSTING YOUR REPORT TO THE CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACEBOOK PAGE...OR BY USING THE TWITTER HASHTAG...NWSRLX. There is also a Flash Flood Warning for the counties of Lincoln, Logan and Mingo in West Virginia until 7:15 PM... FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... SOUTHWESTERN LINCOLN COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... LOGAN COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF LOGAN... MCDOWELL COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF WELCH... MINGO COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF WILLIAMSON... WYOMING COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF PINEVILLE... UNTIL 715 PM EDT AT 412 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE WARNED AREA. SOME SPOTS UNDER THE MOST INTENSE STORMS HAVE RECEIVED NEARLY AN INCH OF RAIN IN LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR. ADDITIONAL STORMS HAVE FORMED TO THE WEST AND WILL MOVE THE WARNED AREA. WITH SATURATED SOILS AND ELEVATED STREAMS...ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL WILL LIKELY CAUSE FLOODING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...COUNTRY ROADS...AS WELL AS FARMLAND ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS AND STREAMS. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND. PLEASE REPORT HIGH WATER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE...800-401-9535...WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY. YOU MAY ALSO REPORT HIGH WATER BY POSTING YOUR REPORT TO THE CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACEBOOK PAGE...OR BY USING THE TWITTER HASHTAG...NWSRLX. There is also a Flash Flood Watch for the counties of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence in Kentucky, for the counties of Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs and Vinton in Ohio and for the counties of Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Wayne, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia until 1:00 AM Saturday. Stay tuned or go to WSAZ.com for the latest information.

Alberta Clipper

Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick is talking about Alberta Clipper Snow Systems.

We meteorologists love to give special names to different weather systems.  One name you'll be hearing a lot is an Alberta Clipper.  What exactly is that you ask?

An Alberta Clipper storm system is a fast moving low pressure area which generally affects the central provinces of Canada and parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes regions of the U.S.  Most clippers occur between December and February, the winter months, of course.  But they also can occur in the month of November.  Alberta clippers take their name from Alberta, Canada, the province from which they appear to descend and from clipper ships of the 19th century one of the fastest ships of that time.

Since clippers come from Canada, a cold and dry place this time of year, they don't bring much moisture with them.  They do pick up some extra moisture from the Great Lakes as they clip along to the east or southeast. 

Most of our snowfalls here in our local area comes from these fast moving storm systems.  Generally they produce a 1" to 3" inch snow for the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Valleys.

Our big snow storms like the one in 1993 and 1996 do not come from the northwest, they come from the south where there's ample moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.  It's the southern storms and not the northern storms like the clippers that bring us deep snows.

So over the next several weeks snow fans, watch the northern jet stream and southern jet stream closely, (jet stream is the fast moving air currents that steer our storm systems) if they meet up, a snowstorm is likely.

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