Alerts Issued for Our Region
FLOOD WATCH continues tonight and lasts through Friday morning at 4 am for Pocahontas County. Steady rain at times tonight in combination with saturated soils from rapid snowmelt could create high water issues. Remember to always turn around, don’t drown!
Tonight continues our risk for showers, which will keep roadways damp. Rain could be steady at times, which will lead to ponding on roads. Our area continues to be under a level one marginal risk for flooding – a low risk but still enough of a threat to warrant keeping an eye on streams and creeks. River levels will be on the rise with recent rapid snowmelt and the additional rainfall. It’s a very mild night on the way, with lows only dropping into the low to mid 50s.
Friday breaks the wet pattern briefly after a few showers in the morning. We’ll see drying taking place during the afternoon with high pressure briefly in control. A stray sprinkle can’t be ruled out but most will be dry for the second half of the day with a few peaks of sun. It’s another very warm day on the way with highs around 60 degrees.
Saturday is shaping up to be a wet day and so is the weekend as a whole, in general. An area of low pressure will work its way up from the lower Mississippi River Valley late Friday and head into the region during the afternoon Saturday. After a few isolated showers Saturday morning, rain will once again become steady as we head into the afternoon, which will persist into Sunday. An additional half inch to one inch of rain is a good bet from this system between Saturday and Sunday as our soggy pattern continues. This will create more instances of ponding on roads.
Sunday moves that aforementioned area of low pressure up through the region, which will continue our rain chances. High temperatures will be in the lower 40s. On the back side of our low pressure system, colder air will wrap in and that will allow some mixing to take place after dark, with rain switching over to snow. Slick travel overnight is expected with snow squalls around. In addition, visibility will become a problem in the heavier squalls that set up. Snow accumulations will primarily be held to the mountain areas, where a couple of inches of snow are possible.
Monday will be colder with highs in the low 30s with morning snow showers. At this point, accumulations in the lowlands will be minimal with a couple of inches of snow in the high country of Pocahontas County in total. By the late morning into the early afternoon, sunshine will return with high pressure briefly returning.
Tuesday places high pressure in control of our weather in the morning and that means sunshine and a slow warming trend once again. After a cold start near 20 degrees, we’ll see highs return to around 40 degrees. Our next system arrives late in the day, which looks to provide more chances for light rain and snow showers overnight.
Wednesday will see temperatures struggle to reach the mid 30s with clouds and a mix of light rain and snow showers around in what looks to be a gloomy day on the way for the two Virginias.
Thursday sees our midweek system begin to clear out, but not before allowing a few snowflakes to fly in the morning. We’ll see improving conditions in the afternoon with highs in the lower 40s and a few peaks of sun.
Looking ahead, although a brief blip in the warm pattern arrives for next week, the overall pattern wrapping up the end of January and the first half of February looks warm – this will make systems that roll through less in the way of wintry and more wet in nature. Much of next week will be dry with high pressure acting as a buffer and keeping storm systems away from our region – good news with our soggy pattern continuing through the end of this weekend. Help us with our growing community of weather photos with #weathertogether. Head to our website and search for the ‘Weather together’ tab and upload your photos of weather going on around our region.
Showers likely, expect some ponding on roadways. Mild with patchy fog. Lows in the low 50s.
Morning showers, afternoon clearing. Highs around 60.
Rain showers return, steady at times in the afternoon. Highs near in the low 50s.
Rain showers likely – rain switches to snow showers overnight. Highs in the low 40s.
Morning snow showers. Afternoon sun. Highs near freezing.
Partly sunny early, few sprinkles late. Highs near 40.
Rain and snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s.
Early snow showers. PM sun. Highs in the low 40s.
Partly sunny. Highs in the 40s.
Mostly sunny. Highs in the 40s.
Few showers. Highs in the 40s.