First Warning Forecast | Wringing Out The Rain, For Some

Drenching Rains In Sections Of West Virginia, While Others Bask In Quiet Sunshine.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Aug. 27, 2023 at 6:33 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2023 at 9:29 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - For ‘most’ of us, the atmosphere has quieted down from the action of the weekend, but not-so in areas of West Virginia spanning from Boone County northeastward through Braxton County. Areas near and south of I-79 and Corridor-G received upwards of 4″ of rain, this on top of saturating rains that fell locally on both Saturday and Sunday. This has lead to numerous road closures and high water rescues. The Flash Flood Warnings continue through about midday, where no doubt many hours of clean-up lie beyond. Meanwhile, weatherwise we’ll continue to track a bit of a split-picture across the region. Our southern and eastern counties will continue to be in a zone vulnerable to spot up those scattered showers and storms. Any of these areas that already received heavy rain should be extra vigilant should future rains cause additional flooding, yet so many folks north and west of there will get a fine day with highs reaching the 80s in sunshine. There will be occasional lulls and breaks in the scattering of rain showers, but the humidity will persist in these mountain counties such that we’ll be tracking more of these showers tomorrow too.

A nearly-stationary trough still hangs over the mountain counties, capturing the available moisture and wringing out a few more scattered rain showers Tuesday as well. There will still be plenty of people that see a good day out of it (mainly toward Ohio), but certainly everyone who’s already been soaked doesn’t want to see any more. Temperatures will stay in the 70s and 80s again Tuesday, depending on the prevalence of sunshine (still best seen towards Ohio). A more legitimate front swings through Wednesday morning, squeezing out the last bits of rain but also heralding improving weather beyond. This despite the arrival of a tropical system (”Idalia”) to the Florida coastline and then the southeastern US. Because of this trough coming through on Wednesday, it will help steer the storm to our south. It unfortunately floods the rain to the Myrtle Beach area of the Carolinas, but leaves us alone in the sunshine. Temperatures will initially begin pleasantly near 80° Wednesday and Thursday, and gradually wind their way back up to the upper 80s on a sunny start to Labor Day weekend.