Flash flood watch for entire area until Thursday

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UPDATE 2/12/2020 (WOWK) Flooding is taking place on some low lying roads in the region with troubles seen in Kanawha County on Ferrell Road and also in Cabell County there are reports of water over Goose Creek Road and Guyan River Road from the county emergency response officials. Many other flood prone spots will have water over them in all three states heading into Thursday morning. Motorists are urged to never drive into an area where water covers the road and it’s much harder to tell where the water is during the night time.

Emergency response crews have been put on standby across the state of West Virginia and local public safety entities say they are also prepared for the high water if it rises.

Several schools have already called for delays of 2 to three hours due to the anticipated high water levels. More delays could be coming or could even change to closings. Check those out on our closings and delays page.

CHARLESTON, W.Va., (WOWK) – Continued heavy rain on the way for the WOWK viewing area means there could be flash flooding in particular on Wednesday night and early Thursday.

The ground is already saturated and there have already been flood issues on the Mud River in Lincoln and Cabell counties as well as high water along some of the creeks in Wayne County. There have been reports of water over Mud River road in areas between Milton and Hamlin and the river remains above the flood stage in Hamlin, West Virginia as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mud River at Hamlin, WV hydrograph from National Weather Service Charleston, WV as of 4:35 p.m. Feb 11, 2020

Any new rain is expected to turn instantly into runoff with the ground filled with water to capacity. New rounds of rain are in the Stormtracker 13 forecast for Wednesday afternoon and again closer to midnight and the hours before sunrise Thursday morning. More than an inch of new rain could continue to fill streams and creeks through that time.

Predictor model output of new rainfall Wednesday into Thursday.

The full flash flood watch can be found here but remember that a watch means that the conditions are right for flash flooding to take place. A warning would mean flash flooding is taking place. You should avoid any area where water covers the road and if water starts to rise rapidly where you are, seek higher ground immediately.

The Stormtracker 13 meteorologists say the best time any of us could see flash flooding will be from about 10 p.m. Wednesday until at least 10 a.m. Thursday due to the lag in water runoff.

Stay on top of flash flood issues with us at wowktv.com/weather and look for more updates here.

High water levels in Glasgow, West Virginia – viewer submitted photo via Facebook from Jamie Dalton

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