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Rain & wind overnight and into Thursday, a wintery Valentine’s Day to follow

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Rain into the rest of the evening should be on the lighter end, and showers will be scattered for most of the night, at least up until midnight. We'll otherwise be getting WINDY after sundown, with occasional gusts through tomorrow morning in the 30-45 mph range. With the ground being so saturated, downed trees and sporadic power outages will be possible tonight and tomorrow.

Heavier and widespread rain will be pushing back into our area from roughly 2AM up until 7AM Thursday morning. With the strong southerly flow, our high temps for the day will likely occur during the early morning hours. If there is a higher threat for flooding, especially along already high creeks, streams and rivers, it will be during this time period! Remember, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Pocahontas, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette, and Buchanan counties until 10:00 AM Thursday. See watch here

After lunch-time on Thursday, showers will become more scattered in nature, but we look to stay damp and breezy at times into Thursday afternoon and evening. As the frontal system pulls out of our area, temperatures will drop into Thursday afternoon and evening, allowing spotty snow showers to develop. It will stay breezy through early Friday, so wind chills will likey dip into the teens and single digits for many Thursday night-Friday AM.

Lows will fall into the 20s for most Thursday night, so BLACK ICE will be a concern into Friday due to frozen rain-water. Light snow showers look likely across our western facing slopes for a while into Valentine's Day, but amounts look minor at best. Most of the area will only receive trace amounts, but an inch or so could fall at elevations above 3500 ft, especially north of the I-64 corridor. Highs will be in the upper 20s/low 30s Friday.

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

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