CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Most of West Virginia will be under a flood watch until 7 p.m. Friday as a weather system moves across the state.
According to Ray Young, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, between one and three inches of rain is expected across northern parts of the state, making it more susceptible to flooding.
“As you move further south, the chances of flooding can’t be ruled out, but they become less,” he said. “With the warm air in place, we may get a lot of convection-type systems. That can produce a lot of rain very quickly, which can cause problems because we are so saturated right now.”
Young said communities in a convection storm could receive additional precipitation, which has nowhere to go because the ground is already saturated from recent rain.
“Flooding is definitely possible, and the most likely area for that flooding is going to be central Ohio across northern West Virginia,” he said.
Young added if you see water covering a roadway, turn around rather than attempting to drive through the water.