CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There will be scattered rounds of rain in West Virginia through Friday with the possibility of flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
Lots of moisture from the south is meeting up with a boundary weather front just west of the Mountain State creating a funnel for the precipitation, according to NWS Meteorologist Maura Casey.
“We’ll have a lot of scattered light shower activity but these little waves of enhancement will act on this front to create localized patches of moderate to sometimes isolated incidents of heavy rainfall,” Casey told MetroNews Wednesday.
The heaviest rain is expected the first half of Thursday and from Friday morning into early Friday afternoon.
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The state’s western lowlands will likely see one to two inches of rain by Friday night but the amounts could be much higher in the eastern mountain counties and Eastern Panhandle, Casey said.
“We’re not extremely saturated in the mountain areas. Once you get down in the Clarksburg and Morgantown areas they are a little more wet but once you get down into Pocahontas and Greenbrier (counties) and those areas there’s more dry (ground) than saturated,” Casey said. “But if we get as much rain as the models are calling for now it doesn’t much matter how dry we were before.”
The National Weather Service office at Charleston is working with the Pittsburgh (Pa.), Roanoke (Va.) and Sterling (Va.) weather service offices and will likely issue a number of watches and warnings for West Virginia over the next few days.
Casey said no area in West Virginia will be able to avoid at least some rain.
“If you get through this dry then go buy you a lottery ticket,” she said.