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TEMPERATURES WARMING, SNOW IS SLOWLY MELTING

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    Monday, August 25 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:00:48 GMT
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.

UPDATE 5:20AM TUESDAY

Slick roads are reported from Parkersburg to Sutton and Webster Springs.  Elevations above 3,000 feet are slick because of some freezing drizzle and light flurries.  50s for the weekend...yes!

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UPDATE 4:05AM TUESDAY

Light RAIN showers are still moving through most of the region with some isolated snow flakes being confined to the Snowshoe and Elkins areas.  The warmer temperatures and the rain is helping to melt much of the snow across the area. 

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UPDATE 7:41PM MONDAY

Snow is falling from Portsmouth to Ripley and Spencer and will move into the high terrain of WV overnight.  Rain is seen around I-64 to the south.   Our Stormtracker Predictor shows roughly 2-3 inches of snow in parts of SE Ohio across the U.S. 33 corridor.  The mountains around Summersville and points northeast will see perhaps more than 5 inches of snow.  Once the snow tapers off expect some melting, that will make roads slushy in those areas.  Roads should be mainly wet in areas along and south of I-64.  

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UPDATE 5:23AM MONDAY

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for SE Ohio and into the mountains of WV.  This is where we'll see some slick travel with snow totals of 1-2".

The best news for you...we'll warm up throughout the week and into the weekend!  Mostly sunny on Saturday with highs in the 50s!

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UPDATE 1:00PM SUNDAY

Winter Weather Advisories have expired for most counties in the 13News viewing area, but additional snow accumulations are possible today.

Scattered snow showers will continue across the Tri-State through early evening before tapering to flurries tonight.

Accumulations of 1-3" are possible in the mountains with a coating-1" possible elsewhere.  Watch for slick spots on area roadways, especially residential and side roads that have not been treated.

Our next clipper system moving into the area Monday afternoon will bring us another round of light snow showers.  At this point, it looks as if some of the precipitation on Monday will begin as a rain/snow mix as warm air surges east before changing to all snow Monday night.

This wintry pattern continues through the end of the upcoming week.  13News and the StormTracker 13 Meteorologists will continue to fine-tune the forecast and bring you the most up-to-date weather information as it becomes available.

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UPDATE 10:00PM SATURDAY

Counties in SE Ohio and Eastern Kentucky have been dropped from the Winter Weather Advisory.  Snow is continuing to fall across West Virginia with the heaviest amounts currently falling in areas south of Beckley.

We'll see scattered snow showers and spots of flurries through early Sunday before those snow showers start wind down.

Watch for slick roads and icy spots overnight.  Take your time and watch for those plows and salt trucks that will be treating the roads tonight.

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UPDATE 5:00PM SATURDAY

Snow showers are continuing to fall across the area.  Some heavier bands of snow will develop and move across the Tri-State this evening.  Early snow totals have been measured around 1-3".  An additional 2-4" of snow will fall across the region tonight with locally higher amounts, especially in higher elevations.

Travel is NOT advised tonight.  Roads are slick and numerous accidents have been reported.  Be safe if you need to travel and be sure to leave yourself extra time.

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UPDATE 1:30PM SATURDAY

A Flood Warning continues for the Ohio River in Mason and Gallia Counties, especially around Pt. Pleasant.  At 1pm, the Ohio River at Pt. Pleasant measured 40.16ft.  Flood stage for this location is 40ft.  The river crested around dawn Saturday morning around 40.6ft.  The waters will continue to recede and will fall below flood stage late Saturday evening.

At Huntington, the Ohio River measured at 46.47ft at 1pm.  The river is not forecasted to hit flood stage at 50ft, but some high water is still possible around Huntington.

Water around the area is continuing to run high and fast.  Do not drive through flood waters and use caution in areas where the water is higher than normal.

A Winter Weather Advisory continues for the Tri-State through 10am Sunday.  3-5" of snow is possible with higher amounts in higher elevations.  Some isolated areas may accumulate 6" or more as a clipper system moves through the area.  We will see a break in the snow early tonight before another round of snow moves into the area late Saturday night into Sunday.

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UPDATE 6:38 PM

The Kanawha River has generally been at the crest stage at Charleston's South Side Bridge for several hours near 25 feet.  The river is expected to inch downward slowly soon.  Meanwhile the Ohio River will still rise a few more inches in Pt. Pleasant and Huntington and Ashland and crest between Saturday and Sunday in progression down river.  Water will still be high and move with great force.  Please stay away from the swift moving river waters over the weekend and keep your children away as well.

UPDATE 11:56AM

Light snow showers continue to develop from Point Pleasant to Charleston to Alloy.  These snow showers will be very light but there is no additional accumulation expected.

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UPDATE 11:52AM

...KANAWHA RIVER WAS IN CREST FRIDAY MORNING IN THE CHARLESTON TO WINFIELD REACH OF THE RIVER.  AS EXPECTED...THE KANAWHA RIVER WAS CRESTING AROUND 25 FEET FRIDAY MORNING AT THE CHARLESTON RIVER FORECAST POINT. THIS IS STILL BELOW THE 30 FOOT FLOOD STAGE AT CHARLESTON.  THE RIVER WILL BEGIN TO RECEDE GRADUALLY THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING...THEN AT A FASTER RATE OVER THE WEEKEND.  THE MINOR WATER PROBLEMS THAT OCCURRED IN THE MOST VULNERABLE LOW SPOTS...WILL BE LESSENING OVERNIGHT TONIGHT.  YET...AS THE WATER RECEDES...STAY AWAY FROM ANY STEEP RIVER BANKS...THEY COULD BE UNSTABLE OR ICY.  DO NOT LET CHILDREN NEAR WATERWAYS OVER THE WEEKEND. CURRENTS WILL BE STILL BE RUNNING FASTER THAN NORMAL. IN THE WAKE OF THE HIGH WATER...PATCHES OF ICE MAY BE LEFT BEHIND.
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UPDATE 11:10AM

* RIVER FLOOD WARNING FOR   THE OHIO RIVER AT POINT PLEASANT. * FROM THIS EVENING INTO OVERNIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT...OR   UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 10 AM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 38.9 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 40 FEET. * FORECAST...RISE SLOWLY ABOVE FLOOD STAGE THIS EVENING   AND CREST BETWEEN 40 AND 41 FEET ON SATURDAY. THE RIVER   SHOULD FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY SUNDAY MORNING. * AT STAGES NEAR 40 FEET...LOW LYING AREAS SURROUNDING POINT   PLEASANT AND HENDERSON ARE FLOODED DUE TO BACKWATER.   AT STAGES NEAR 41 FEET...THE ADDISON, BLAVILLE ROAD IN OHIO   IS FLOODED. * A CREST BETWEEN 40 AND 41 FEET COMPARES TO A PREVIOUS CREST OF   40.97 FEET...BACK ON MARCH 9TH IN 2011.

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UPDATE 5:42AM

I-77/I-79/I-64 are open but travel is dangerous and slick.  It is not advised to travel this morning and many schools in Kentucky and West Virginia are closed.

CLICK HERE FOR SCHOOL CLOSINGS

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UPDATE 2:45AM

I-77/I-79 at the split has been SHUT DOWN due to the hazardous travel conditions.  We've had snow, thundersnow (snow with lightning) and very icy travel conditions.  Travel is NOT ADVISED by police and fire departments in the region.

Snow will taper off during the early morning hours but the travel problems will be compounded as more people get on the road this morning.  Check out the latest school closings in the top right corner of the page!

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UPDATE 9:25PM

The Kanawha River at Charleston is up to 23 feet and should rise to 25 feet by 7pm Friday.  Flood stage on the South Side Bridge is 30 feet.  

At Pt, Pleasant the Ohio River has risen to 35.3 feet and should rise to 40.9 feet which is just about a foot above flood stage and remain there for quite some time Friday and Saturday.  The river should start to recede there late Saturday night but water levels will remain high overall through the entire weekend.

At Huntington the Ohio River has inched up to 38.92 feet.  The flood stage is 50 feet and the river is expected to crest at 47.5 feet Saturday around 7pm.  

Water levels are high again at the junction of the Scioto and Ohio Rivers at Portsmouth where the current water level is 38.7 feet and should reach 47.9 feet by 7pm Saturday.  Flood stage is 50 feet but the usual low lying areas all around the Scioto and Ohio will see water over them the entire weekend. 

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UPDATE 1:07PM

The Ohio River at Point Pleasant will be at 40.9 feet which is ABOVE FLOOD STAGE by 10 inches.  Low lying areas surrounding Point Pleasant will be flooded due to backwater and the Amphitheater lower pier is flooded and half way up the steps.

The latest forecast for the Ohio River at Huntington calls for a 12-foot rise in the next 48 hours, followed by a rapid drop.

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UPDATE 12:30PM

We are closely watching river levels as they continue to rise through this evening.

By noon Friday, the Kanawha River at the South Side Bridge will rise to 25 feet, just one foot shy of flood stage.

On a technical side note, 127 thousand cubic-feet per second will be flowing past the South side Bridge, which is roughly 9 times the normal flow.

The Kanawha River as well as other rivers, streams and creeks will continue to run very high and fast through midday Friday before water levels begin to fall.

The Ohio River at Point Pleasant will be at 40.9 feet which is ABOVE FLOOD STAGE by 10 inches.  Low lying areas surrounding Point Pleasant will be flooded due to backwater and the Amphitheater lower pier is flooded and half way up the steps.

 

Snow Update: Scattered snow showers will continue across the Tri-State through Friday morning.  Accumulations will be light, but road surfaces and sidewalks will be slick as temperatures across the area continue to drop sharply.

Our next Clipper system will move into the area Saturday, bringing a greater chance for accumulating snowfall.  We will provide more information on snow totals in a later update.

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UPDATE 6:06AM

River levels are on the rise this morning.

Haddad River Front Park in Charleston, WV will be flooded by this afternoon and continue through Friday night.

The Ohio River in Huntington, WV will rise by 10 feet over the next 36 hours.

The Greenbrier River in Marlinton, WV is at flood stage and will continue like that through this afternoon.

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UPDATE 8:27 PM

A special weather statement just in from the National Weather Service in Charleston. The steady rains have caused a few trouble spots with high water this evening.

For example, low spots along Smith Creek Road in Western Kanawha County had standing water from Smith Creek. In Lincoln County, water from streams has collected in the usual low spots, in fields adjacent to roads in the Harts, Duval and Sod areas.

If driving tonight, be extra cautious of standing water on roads, from poor drainage areas or fill ditch lines.

Between 9 and 10 O'clock the steady rains should decrease in intensity and duration across Lincoln, Boone and Kanawha counties. This should prevent a more serious flood concern.

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UPDATE 7PM

More flood warnings and advisories have been posted for the southeast corner of Kentucky until Thursday morning at 5:30 am.  There have been sporadic reports of vehicles getting stuck in high water in such areas as the viaducts in Huntington, and a few low spots in southern WV.   A rescue call was made for two people who fell in the water near Hamlin, but they were promptly moved to safety and are OK.  It serves as a reminder that people need to stay away from any moving water, especially on roads or near creeks or streams at night.  

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UPDATE 4:30PM 

A new small stream and creek flood warning has been issued for Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, McDowell and Wyoming counties until 10pm.  A total of a new 1-2 inches of rain is expected from the day's storm, and small streams and creeks are either at the banks or expected to rise above those marks.  Never attempt to drive into an area where water covers the road.  

Also, more strong winds are expected with this large and potent storm system.  Gusts above 35 miles per hour are possible in the region tonight, therefore more spotty power outages are possible and wind chills will take the plunge.  Lows fall to the upper 20s.  Wind Advisories are posted from 1am until 10am for much of the 13 News viewing area.  

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UPDATE 12:35PM WEDNESDAY

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for most of the 13News viewing area until 1am Thursday.  An additional 1-2 inches of rain are possible as a cold front pushes into the region tonight.  Mountainous areas will be most prone to flash flooding due to the melting snowpack and runoff from the rain.  Please remember not to drive through flood waters.  Turn around, don't drown!

The main area of severe weather has moved east of West Virginia and the Stormtracker 13 Meteorologists say that the thunderstorm threat for our region has diminished.

Thursday through Saturday, temperatures will be dramatically colder, hovering at or below freezing with passing snow showers possible through the start of the weekend.

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UPDATE 9:25AM WEDNESDAY

A line of strong to severe storms is continuing to press through the area with 40-50mph wind gusts.  A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect for areas from Kanawha County to the east until 4pm this evening.

Gusty winds and heavy rain are possible along this line of storms. 

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UPDATE 5:52AM WEDNESDAY

A Tornado Watch has been issued until 1PM for Eastern Kentucky, Southern Ohio and Central/Western West Virginia.  This includes the cities of Huntington and Charleston.  We're continuing to track the storm right now!

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UPDATE 2:55AM WEDNESDAY

We are still watching a line of strong storms moving into central Tennessee and Kentucky.  This line of storms is more intense further to the south, near Nashville.  This line of storms will continue to move due east.  We are still expecting the impacts to be very gusty winds associated with the storms, some frequent lightning and heavy rains. 

Some flash flooding is possible deeper into the mountains in the afternoon and evening due to melting of the snowpack and the heavy rains.  1.00" to 2.00" will  be possible across the region.

By Thursday morning, it will be cold with light snow showers.  Wild weather, no doubt.

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UPDATE 11PM TUESDAY

Tornado watches have been posted for western Kentucky up through Louisville through 5am.  The Stormtracker 13 meteorologists are closely watching this system through the night and will be LIVE starting at 4:30a.m. on 13 News.  

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UPDATE 6:00 PM TUESDAY

A flash flood watch has been issued as well for Nicholas, Braxton and Webster counties for Wednesday afternoon.  1-2 inches of rain could fall there, adding into snowmelt and runoff for the chance of flash flooding.

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Strong storms will move into Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia Wednesday morning and some of them could be severe.  We are expecting a "squall line" of storms to move in from the west to east and it's impacts could produce some damage.


Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins says, "There could be wind gusts up above 60 miles per hour which puts that in the severe category. This does not mean everyone will lose their electricity. However, there could be outages when you deal with wind of that speed."

In any event you should all have some kind of a storm kit ready.  Whether we see this turn out to be a big deal or not, storm kits can provide you with the necessary means.

Adkins said, "I am pretty sure that most of us have indeed put together at least a few supplies like flashlights, batteries, etc after the storms we've seen in the past 6 to 8 months."

This is NOT expected to be like the derecho of this past summer.  In that case, most everyone had a significant impact from the wind gusts.  What we are planning for...someone will see the wind speed at its maximum but NOT everyone.  Again, possible power outages will occur due to downed tree limbs, etc.

Our entire StormTracker weather team will be up and watching it and we'll be ready to tell you all you need to know immediately, on Wednesday morning.

Behind that storm some very cold air is going to be seen and we could pick up a nice accumulation of snow in the mountains by Friday.