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.

Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: Does a hot summer mean a harsh winter?

It's been a very hot and at times a stormy summer! Does that mean we'll have a cold and snowy winter? Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick has the answer!

It's only August and I've already had several questions posted on my Facebook page: facebook.com/joshfitzwsaz from folks wondering if this hot and stormy summer may lead to a cold and snowy winter ahead.

Now there's no correlation between a hot/stormy summer and a cold/snowy winter!  My EARLY call for December, January and February is for above average temperatures and near normal precipitation.

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The map above shows where it'll be warmer than normal and EC mean equal chances at above or below normal temperatures for the 2012/2013 winter.

Precipitation wise, our region is in the equal chances and I think our precipitation will be near nomal for the season with mainly wet weather systems and a few light but wet snowfalls.

The Gulf Coast is expected to have above normal rainfall and this is mainly due to the fact that an El Nino is forming in the Equatorial Eastern Pacific Ocean.  This warming of the water impacts the jet stream and will tend to keep the cold air locked up in Canada and most of the storm systems along the deep south.

Only time will tell how our late fall and winter season will turn out.  So stay tuned and let's enjoy the rest of summer!

Thanks for clicking on my blog and be sure to "like" my Facebook page mentioned above and follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/wsazjoshfitz

Since we didn't have a winter last year, would you like to have more snow this year?  Post your comments below!

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