Weather

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West Virginia officials say they are prepared to send resources, including the state’s National Guard assets and personnel, to areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. 

According to a news release from the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, The West Virginia National Guard has a broad array of disaster response and recovery resources that could be used to assist rescue and recovery efforts in Texas and other affected states.

Heavy rains cause the ground to collapse underneath the Main Street Motors office building in Richwood, WV.
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The National Weather Service forecasts heavy rain across West Virginia starting late Thursday and continuing into early Saturday from Tropical Storm Cindy until another front pushes through Friday night into Saturday.

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Forecasters say Mother Nature is putting a chill on the outdoor growing season in West Virginia and several other states.

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for most of West Virginia early Monday. The weather service says temperatures are expected to dip into the lower 30s in much of the state.

Homeowners are being advised to cover sensitive plants or bring them indoors to avoid being killed if left uncovered.

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The National  Weather Service in Charleston has issued various severe weather advisories across West Virginia as the July 4th holiday weekend comes to a close. The warnings follow severe flooding that hit the area nearly two weeks ago, killing 23 people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Some Hard-Hit Counties

Jul 3, 2016
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on Independence Day in West Virginia. Some of the 21 counties under the watch experienced devastating flooding last month.

The weather service posted the watch from early Monday through early Tuesday, July 5. The watch area covers much of central and northern West Virginia.

The weather service said small streams and creeks would rise quickly if large amounts of rain fall in a few hours.

The worst of last month's floods were mostly in the southern part of the state. Three counties hit hard then and included in the latest watch are Clay, Nicholas and Roane. The two counties where most of the deaths occurred— Greenbrier and Kanawha — are not in the current watch area.

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood watch for most of southern West Virginia. The watch has been upgraded to a flash flood warning in several areas, including some of those most affected by last week's flood. The alerts are in effect from Monday morning through Monday evening. 

The watch comes just days after flooding in the area killed 25, destroyed homes, washed out roadways and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents. 

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued hazardous weather advisories, including a tornado warning, for parts of the Southwest region of West Virginia.

A tornado warning is in effect until 2:15 p.m. Tuesday for:

  • Putnam County
  • Southwestern Mason County
  • Northeastern Lincoln County
  • Northeastern Cabell County 
  • Northwestern Kanawha County

A severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued until 2:45 p.m. Tuesday for Central Pocahontas County and Southwestern Randolph County.

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National Weather Service

More rain is expected Monday in parts of the state already experiencing high waters due to weekend showers. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from noon Monday through Tuesday morning for the majority of the state, including central, southwestern and northern West Virginia with an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain forecasted. A flash flood warning has also been issued for counties in the southwestern part of the state. A thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of the southern part of the state until 10 p.m. this evening.

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Snow kayaking, stuck snowplows and scenes that belong in a snow globe -- these are just some of the images and videos being shared here in West Virginia during Blizzard 2016.

State of West Virginia

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin transitioned his declared State of Preparedness to a State of Emergency Friday morning for all 55 counties in West Virginia.

The declaration allows the governor to mobilize additional resources to handle the severe weather.

National Weather Service

Update 12:50 p.m.: A freezing rain advisory is in effect for portions of the eastern mountains through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Storms Cause Widespread Power Outages

Jul 15, 2015
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Over 36 thousand customers are without power this morning after another line of severe thunderstorms moved through the state yesterday.  On its website, Mon Power says it expects to turn the lights back on for its 7,291 residents and businesses by ten o’clock tonight.

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Governor Tomblin issued a State of Emergency Monday for three counties in West Virginia after heavy rainfall over the weekend that lasted into Monday morning.

The governor issued the State of Emergency for Braxton, Webster and Wood Counties, mobilizing state resources to combat severe flooding in those areas. 

 "In the past 24 hours, areas of our state have experienced rockslides, mudslides and severe flooding as a result of major storms and substantial rainfall," Tomblin said in a news release Monday. 

Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday the statewide State of Emergency remains in place after heavy snowfall and flooding across the state.  

"Although temperatures are expected to rise and water levels continue to decline, I encourage drivers to remain cautious while traveling," Gov. Tomblin said in a news release. "I am extremely proud of our state's response to this massive winter storm, and I'd like to thank all first responders, the West Virginia National Guard, local and state road crews, and all West Virginians who have worked hard to help combat this storm."

U.S. National Weather Service / Charleston, West Virginia

West Virginia and the surrounding region is bracing for a highly impactful winter storm expected to bring heavy snow accumulation through Wednesday. Parts of West Virginia are expected to receive as much as 15-18 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

We will update this post with more information as it comes in.

A Look Around The State

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The winter of 2014 continues to break records in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service says a blast of arctic air on Tuesday broke low temperature records for March 4 in Wheeling, Morgantown, Elkins and Lewisburg.
 
In Elkins, the temperature dropped to minus-10 degrees. The previous record was minus-7 degrees in 1996.
 

New Satellite Hopes to Improve Weather Predictions

Feb 28, 2014
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A new satellite is hoping to get a better handle on how weather patterns change, so that forecasters can warn people of severe weather.

With help from some of the folks at the NASA facility in Fairmont, the satellite is now into space.

West Virginia Morning
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State government officials say they are open to further water testing in the nine-county area affected by last month's chemical leak.

It's truly been a wild winter in West Virginia, but has it been wonderful?

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It looks like winter won’t let up this month and that’s making snow removal more difficult than usual. A dangerous and frustrating combination of factors is leaving many to brave perilous road conditions.

Department of Highways District Manager Greg Phillips says the worst combination of factors is making traveling anywhere a dangerous ordeal. His district includes Monongalia County which, for example, has 1,000 miles of roads that need to be cleared.

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West Virginia is beginning to warm up a bit following an arctic blast that broke cold temperature records across the state.
 
     Temperatures on Wednesday morning ranged from 4 degrees in Elkins and Lewisburg to 12 degrees in Bluefield.
 

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