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First Warning Forecast | Flash Flood Watch Continues

But Weekend Weather Is Improving
Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 9:59 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2021 at 8:43 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - We’ve already seen several roaming bands of heavy rains come across portions of the Tri-State since the overnight and this morning, and we’ll spend the day tracking new patches of the same right through the afternoon. Many areas have already experienced saturating conditions such that a subsequent downpour is going to cause flooding, and potentially pretty quickly. As we always say, be careful in this environment, and never drive across a flooded roadway. Temperatures are not a problem today (finally), as we stay in the 70s all the way through this one; a very tropical day. By evening we’ll finally start to see a light at the end of the tunnel, as showers will begin to dissipate from north to south. The Flash Flood Watch doesn’t expire until 8am tomorrow morning, showing that we could have enough rain around here to leave standing water on some roadways long after the steadiest rains have departed.

Friday brings the eventual return of sunshine, but with temperatures staying in those same comfy 70s. There’s still a risk for a lingering shower early in the morning and again in the afternoon, but mainly in the mountain counties. It will be a well-deserved change of pattern, but one that was always expected to require today’s storminess to get there. Campground weather turns downright delightful Friday night, as temperatures are expected to dip through those fire-worthy 50s for Saturday morning.

The 4th of July weekend deserves some good weather, and it’s been trending in that direction. Saturday will pop in a few clouds, but occasional shade isn’t all bad. We are going to be tracking an isolated shower popping in the afternoon, but (a) they will be brief; (b) mainly toward the mountains; and (c) most hours of the day will be dry. The 4th itself figures to have even more sunshine in it, spiking temperatures back to the seasonable mid-80s -- perfect for being poolside or (slightly less so) firing up the grill. We’re not anticipating any weather-related disruption for the parades, fireworks, festivals, or ballgames. Next week, be ready for the heat to come on back, as continued sunshine brings the 90°-mark back into range.

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