First Warning Forecast | Flood Waters Recede, Hoping For “Ordinary”

More Rain-Free Hours Than Storms Ahead
First Warning Forecast
Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 5:39 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2022 at 8:56 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Between Midnight and 5am, 2″- 4″ of rain fell in a narrow swath through Putnam, Kanawha, and Fayette Counties. The Charleston Yeager West Virginia International Airport saw it’s second-highest rainfall ever, more than 4″ of rain. All that rain-water filled up the local valleys near US-60 between Putnam and Fayette Counties, causing many roads to become temporarily impassable as water rushed over them. That water slowly recedes and the skies gradually permit a little sunshine, as the rest of the day progresses in a more generic fashion. Look for a scattered shower or thunderstorm this afternoon, with temperatures holding largely in the 70s, not all that bad for mid-August. After sunset, any lingering showers will begin to diminish, but as we saw last night even just a few showers and storms can still cause problems if they move too slowly or concentrate on the same areas repeatedly.

Tomorrow and Wednesday will have a similar look and feel to them, with most hours of the day staying rain-free under partly sunny skies. High temperatures will rise to about 80°, sparking an isolated storm or two as the heat peaks. Thursday and Friday are our best chances for a rain-free day area-wide, but you know how it’s been around here. Temperatures in that air will rise naturally, but staying in the mid-80s instead of the mid-90s is a win in my book. Our next system approaches on Saturday, and the umbrellas will be back out once more.

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