CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Charleston say West Virginia is in for a bumpy weather ride for the rest of the week. A storm system is headed toward the state which will be delivered in three distinct waves.

“It’s going to be an active pattern into the beginning of next week,” said Meteorologist Joe Merchant. “We’re focusing on three separate rounds of rainfall.”

The rain wasn’t on many minds Wednesday when temperatures reached into the upper 60s in many Mountain State communities but that’s expected to change by Thursday evening. The NWS has issued a flood watch for 26 counties beginning Thursday evening through Saturday morning.

The watch counties include:

Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt and Wood.

Merchant said there is also the possibility of sleet and freezing rain as the winds shift from the south to north. Although a few inches of snow could result, it’s not the first worry of the weather team.

“It’s not going to be a big snow producer,” Merchant said. “The primary concern is rain.”


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  • balls

    yor house if you dont shut your yap:)

  • lil darrel

    you know what else will flood

  • balls

    what do u think lil darrel?

  • balls

    fluddded in my house, what should i do?

  • lil darrel

    hey chris lawrence u are lookin mighty fine in that pic xoxo hit me up

  • BigDeal

    I am honestly starting to think that the Super Markets are paying off the National Weather Service. They make everything storm sound like the apocolypse and everyone runs in a frenzy to the markets, clearing their shelves. Its getting a bit ridiculous.

  • Algore

    Global warming causes them to be wrong all the time.

  • Todd

    Wrong 75% of the time? I wouldn't give them that much credit. Like last weeks forecast of 3-5 inches of snow, we got 1". So 2-3 inches of rain means what? Scattered showers?

  • William

    Forecasters love the attention, they are wrong 75% of the time! It must be George bush's fault.

    • Truth

      You need a capital B on your "bush".

  • Doug

    I will believe it, when it happens. I am tired of the news saying we are getting snow, or ice then nothing happens. I should have been a weather man. No accountability at all.

    • BH

      Or a politician.

    • Steve

      How do you hold someone accountable for something that can change in an instant? The weather in this part of the country is as unpredictable as there is anywhere.

  • Andy

    Should have bought water skis instead of snow skis ...


  • Charleston,WV

    This should lead to an interesting Super Six Championship weekend, I suppose.........