UPDATE: 11:30 P.M.: The heavier rain starts again at about 5 a.m. and the first place to look for flooding will be in southeast Ohio and areas near the Ohio River. Then the heavier rain sits north of I-64 until about 10 a.m. After noon the flood risk shifts away to the north, and then we watch the big rivers for a day or so. Currently the river with the biggest risk of flooding will be the Little Kanawha on the northern side of the WOWK-TV viewing area.
UPDATE 9: 15 P.M. Tuesday: The large gap of dry air that was anticipated has developed but should be followed by more rain developing around 4 a.m. across much of West Virginia. That rain will then spiral north and east. If there is to be flash flooding of streams and creeks it appears the time will be between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the WOWK – TV viewing area. See below for the late evening radar and a look ahead to Wednesday morning.
UPDATE 6:45 P.M. Tuesday: Moderate rainfall is taking place across much of the region with more showers to the south. The low pressure center that was Ida is in central Tennessee and expected to lift northeast, into our region by morning. While 2″ – 4″ of rain is expected in general for the WOWK area, there could be even more just to the north through the day on Wednesday. Winds are still not expected to be an issue with 20 mph gusts at best in the area. Flood issues will be most likely right around day break, depending on exactly where the heaviest embedded bands of rain develop. If you see high water in the morning, never drive into that area.
(WOWK) – The leftovers of a powerful tropical storm system will impact our region with soaking rains that will bring creeks and streams out of their banks. Larger rivers will be responding as well with high water and debris flowing down the rivers.
The heaviest of the rain will be occurring through the late night hours of Tuesday through Wednesday morning. This is where we have to watch for flash flooding in many different areas. Bands of rain are possible that go over the same areas multiple times. That sets up a perfect flash flooding scenario.
Our threats of severe weather are extremely limited but it is high on the flooding.
Here’s a look at the areas that are most under the gun for flooding.
Flash flooding is possible anywhere as a Flash Flood Watch is in effect though Wednesday night at 8pm.
A FLOOD WARNING has been issued for the Little Kanawha River at Glenville and Grantsville due to the river jumping 20 to 30 feet in 24 hours. This will crest early Thursday morning.
Rain totals will be generally from 2 to 4 inches with some other amounts further to the north and east of us at 6 inches or higher. This will actually send parts of the Mon River to top 10 to top 5 heights at various spots!
That will bring the Ohio River up in many locations 10 to 20 feet above normal. Most of the Ohio River in our region will crest Thursday night through Saturday and then fall rapidly over a 2 day period.