EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTOPSY-TURVY WEATHER
from Eyewitness News Online
Flooding, More Power Outages And Slick Driving Conditions Possible
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Wes Armstead
Reported: Jan. 30, 2013 12:36 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 31, 2013 11:46 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Topsy-turvy weather has the forecast focus on the possibility of flooding, more power outages and hazardous driving conditions.
Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Jim Barach said a flash flood watch is in effect for most of the counties in West Virginia excluding Mason and Jackson counties. Lawrence County, Kentucky, also is under the flood watch. No counties in Ohio are included.
Windy conditions were expected Wednesday night with winds estimated at 10 mph to 20 mph with stronger gusts at times. More rain could increase the potential for flooding.
Barach said the commute Thursday morning could be problematic with temperatures dropping to freezing overnight and rain changing to a dusting of snow in the morning. High temperatures on Thursday were expected to be in the 30s, quite a swing from Wednesday that saw the temperatures climb to the low 70s.
On Friday, high temperatures should only reach the 20s, and 1 inch of snow is forecast.
A flood watch was issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday afternoon for Kanawha County and surrounding counties.
The flash flood watch is in effect through late Wednesday night. A strong cold front is expected to bring heavy showers through Wednesday evening.
Rainfall amounts of 1 inch to 2 inches is possible, with most of it coming within a six-hour period.
Eyewitness News Meteorologist Brandon Stover said temperatures will flirt with the freezing mark between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday. This will create the possibility of icy conditions on roads and hazardous driving conditions. Water also could form ponds on roads.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates on this story.
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