WEATHER UPDATE: Significant Flooding Strikes West of Route 19; Breezy Winds Overnight

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): Heavy rain will trigger more flooding overnight and winds will pick up.


9:30 PM: Standing water will continue to be a problem across the region overnight despite the lighter rain intensity. Wind gusts will pick up from near a calm state to 20-25 mph after Midnight, with higher 40 mph gusts in the western Greenbrier Valley to Pocahontas County. Note: Significant flooding with streams and creeks over their banks and homes surrounded by water is occurring west of our 9 county area in Kanawha County, especially. Schools in Kanawha County are on a 2-hour delay Friday due to flooding.

Additionally, the increase in gusts combined with saturated soil will allow trees to topple more easily, so be mindful of that during the morning commute.

6:45 PM: Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill’s Latest Forecast:

3 PM: JUST IN: A Tornado Watch is in effect along and west of Route 19. Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill provides the latest information in a Facebook Live:

6:30 AM: Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill provides a detailed overview of today’s weather for our radio partner, Lake Country 95.7 3WS:


4 PM: For Thursday: One round of widely scattered showers and storms is expected between 6-10 a.m. A brief tornado is possible. Very heavy rain will lead to localized flash flooding under the storms that produce the rain.

Then, becoming partly cloudy after 11 a.m. A second round of gusty showers/storms between 5-10 p.m. Within the core of storms, expect gusts to hit 55 mph. Localized flash flooding within the core of the storms likely in the late day storms.

The wind flow outside of storms will be SE wind at 10-20 mph, becoming Southwest at 10-20 mph in the afternoon. Peak gusts outside of storms hitting 38-40 mph, except near 30 mph in the Greenbrier Valley and 45-50 mph above 3,000 feet in the afternoon to early evening. A Wind Advisory is in effect Thursday for the Route 19 corridor, western Greenbrier County and western Pocahontas County.

The storm system will likely result in scattered power outages and damage across the region. Please note in the areas that got hit with either a microburst or tornado (La Vista community in Hico), trees that are leaning from the high winds last week are more prone to falling down on Thursday.

Friday: Becoming cloudy with a round of showers and a thunder rumble in the afternoon. Gusts to 30 mph with a few pockets of standing water.

Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill has the latest:

TUESDAY, APRIL 9: A few showers are expected, especially south of I-64 today, for most of everyone on Wednesday, although there will be sufficient dry breaks, and then Thursday morning and late evening is the time frame for the severe weather potential.


5-10 AM: Risk for large hail, a brief tornado and flash flooding.

7-11 PM: Risk for gusty winds, a brief tornado, hail and flash flooding.

Chad’s latest forecast:


6:30 PM: Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill has the latest severe weather information and Total Solar Eclipse photos from today’s event on our YouTube channel and on Newswatch at 6:

NOON: Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill has a a detailed look at the weather for the Total Solar Eclipse and the severe weather and flood risk for later in the week on our YouTube channel and Newswatch at Noon:

9 AM: Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill provides an updated forecast for the eclipse locally and along its path and a detailed look ahead at the risk for severe weather and flooding in southern West Virginia on our radio partner’s morning show, Lake Country 95.7, 3WS:


11 PM: Forecaster Braden Petry has the details on a potential midweek severe weather outbreak and flooding situation:

5 PM Forecast Update: Following a beautiful sunset, the sky will be clear until 3 a.m., then mid-level clouds will fill in. Expect a few showers and thunder rumbles between 8 a.m. and Noon on Monday. Wind will switch to the Southwest between Noon-2 p.m. and during the time the sun is most shielded by the moon for tomorrow’s eclipse (89.9-percent here in southern West Virginia), we are looking for scattered mid-level clouds at 5,000 to 6,000 feet. These clouds will be moving at 35 mph, so we will see several breaks of blue sky.

There is a good chance you will be able to see many fragments of the eclipse here in southern West Virginia WITH THE PROPER EYEWEAR between the times listed in the first graphic! Please don’t look directly into the sun. The temperature will reach 68 degrees around 2:30 p.m., likely drop to about 65 degrees after 2:30 p.m., and then warm back to 68 degrees after 3:45 p.m. For details on the beginning to end of the total solar eclipse for any point along its path on Monday, click here.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON TO WEDNESDAY MORNING: Expect a few downpours. The risk for flooding is relatively low.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TO NOON THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, warm and humid but dry Wednesday afternoon. Between Midnight (early Thursday) and Noon on Thursday, a robust warm front pushes north of the region. There is a good likelihood for thunderstorms with a 60-percent risk for gusty winds and 30-percent risk for a brief tornado. Additionally, there is a 40-percent risk for flash flooding. There is strong upper-level support despite the early morning timing.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON TO FRIDAY AFTERNOON: The wind will be constant at 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Between 9 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday, a cold front comes through with likely gusty downpours. The strongest gusts will hit 35-40 mph. Given the high moisture content and likelihood the front will slow down as it pushes east of our region, there is a 70-percent risk for flooding to develop Thursday night and continue through midday Friday.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON INTO SATURDAY: Turning colder with a light coating of snow expected in the western Greenbrier Valley, western Pocahontas county and points north into far western Maryland.


TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY: Clouds will break just enough to see a brilliant sunset in the western horizon. Fog early Sunday will give way to deep blue sky and warm weather with light wind.

MONDAY: Showers and thunderstorms are likely between 9 a.m. and Noon, then the thick layer of clouds will part for scattered clouds at 6,000 feet for the eclipse at 3 p.m. We will be set to see the eclipse with the proper eyewear. Temperatures will warm rapidly between Noon and 3 p.m. into the 60s.

TUESDAY: Clouds will be on the increase and the temperatures will be lovely!

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: A warm front will lift north along the Appalachian spine late Wednesday into early Thursday. Scattered severe thunderstorms and a possible tornado could accompany the warm frontal passage. Following a dry break Thursday morning, a few gusty showers will accompany the cold front late Thursday into early Friday. Additionally, expect briefly heavy rain to trigger spotty flooding.


Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill spells out the risk for severe weather next week here:

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