Flood watch and high-wind risks assessed

Late night storms set to prowl
Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 6:28 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A miserable weather day is under our belts now as showers of varying intensity passed through the region.

Localized high water prompted flood warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS) for Athens and Vinton counties in Ohio. On the flip side, a brief but vicious wind storm passed through parts of the region pre-dawn Friday with a sliver of Lincoln and Wayne counties experiencing extensive damage. The storm that passed through Wayne County was surveyed by meteorologist Tony Edwards of the NWS. Tony noted all trees were felled in the same direction with no signs of rotation. That is the classic definition of a straight line wind storm known as a microburst. Micro equals small scale, burst equals a rush of wind.

While a flood watch remains in effect overnight for Ohio, far north Kentucky and Central West Virginia, the risk of new high water will be limited to a small window of time (before dawn) and will likely amount to only some nuisance street flooding. That will come between 4 and 7 am as a fast moving squall line passes.

By the first light of Saturday the squall line and rains will be gone and quickly the sun will break through the clouds. As the sun shines brightly, the winds about 5,000 feet overhead will increase to 60 miles per hour. That scenario, sun and strong winds in the heavens above, will set the stage for a daylong assault of strong winds to be sucked down to the ground. Those winds will then play havoc with the power grid. Gusts can reach 50 miles per hour as the squall line passes pre-dawn then a windswept Saturday will see gusts beyond 30, 40 even 50 mph all day long.

Imagine a day like we saw a few weeks ago when the wind blew all day long and power outs were scattered across the region.

Those winds will be warm on Saturday as highs surge into the 70s.

Sunday will settle down with sunshine and light winds. Highs will be cooler near 60 degrees..