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Rain, wind, and cold to impact the Two Virginias mid-to-late week

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We will have a break in the rain (for the most part) into Tuesday evening. We could still see spotty rain and snow showers overnight, and it will begin to get breezy as well, with chilly winds out of the northwest. Lows tonight will be colder, in the upper 20s to mid 30s. A few slick spots/BLACK ICE could be possible, be careful! Wednesday will start off mainly dry, but by the afternoon, rain will be pushing back into the area as a frontal boundary continues to push into the eastern half of country.

Strong SE winds will usher in abundant moisture, making widespread rainfall and occasionally locally heavy downpours possible tomorrow afternoon and into the early evening. Wind gusts Wednesday night and into early Thursday could reach the 40-45 mph range, resulting in power loss. Severe t-storms look unlikely for our area, but with the wet soil, downed trees could become an issue mid-to-late week.

Scattered showers will again be with us overnight Wednesday, but heavier rainfall looks especially likely through the early morning hours of Thursday.

This looks like a very similar scenario to what we experienced last week. With the majority of incoming rain becoming runoff because of the already-saturated ground, FLASH FLOODING will be possible along creeks, streams and rivers, especially into Thursday.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Pocahontas, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette, Buchanan, McDowell counties from Wed PM until Thursday AM. Flash Flood Watches might be issued for other counties in the coming days.

See watch here

Rain will lessen Thursday night, but temps will plummet, reaching the 20s and teens by early Friday morning. Light snow will be possible into early Friday, tapering by the afternoon. Highs on Valentine's Day will only be in the upper 20s/low 30s, and Friday night, lows will again fall into the teens. While snow looks minor (trace amounts in most areas), slick spots due to snow and/or BLACK ICE because of all of the frozen rain-water will be driving threats into this weekend. Some sunny and seasonable weather finally looks to arrive on Saturday! Stay tuned.

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

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