CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A pair of approaching weather systems are poised to give West Virginia a pretty good soaking in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta are headed our way and should arrive from the Gulf of Mexico starting Wednesday night, but Meteorologist Jennifer Berryman of the National Weather Service Charleston Bureau says that’s not the only thing impacting our region.
#Zeta could produce flash flooding across portions of the Deep South and then across portions of the Mid-Atlantic through Friday morning. @NWSWPC is forecasting 2-4″ of rain with isolated areas of 6″ near portions of the central Gulf coast.https://t.co/hRJDsnIXZi pic.twitter.com/6eOU2lH1Sp
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 27, 2020
“Those look to pass to the south, but at the same time we have a low pressure system and those two combined are going to give us more rainfall,” she said.
The rainfall could be significant with one to three inches expected throughout all of West Virginia. Berryman said there could be the chance for some streams to rise, but we are in pretty good shape to take the deluge.
“It should be moving through quickly, but we can’t rule out high water issues. Fortunately overall we’ve been pretty dry, so our big rivers don’t’ look like we’ll have any problems,” she said.
The first showers should arrive Wednesday and pick up Wednesday night. According to forecasters the rain will be steady all the way through Thursday night. However, Friday looks to start a drying period.