WILLIAMSON – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston, W.Va. issued a hazardous weather outlook Wednesday, Feb. 23 for much of the Mountain State including Mingo and Logan counties.
The hazardous weather outlook explains that a storm system will cause the potential for hazardous weather beginning on Wednesday. The potential for hazardous weather continues throughout the week and concludes on Monday. During this time, rain showers, thunderstorms, heavy winds, and possible snow are possible. This weather system also causes an increased risk for potential flooding.
According to the NWS, “A strong storm system will move into the area late Tuesday night and into Wednesday.”
The hazardous outlook states that heavy rains are possible during this time period. Grounds already saturated by heavy rainfall over the weekend cause a potential for flooding. The hazardous outlook explains, “With saturated soils, there is a potential for flooding.”
Strong winds can also be expected during this weather event. “Rather gusty winds are expected mainly Wednesday night and Thursday. A wind advisory may be necessary,” the statement explains.
The detailed forecast for Mingo County from the NWS explains that rain will move into the region early Wednesday with rain and thunderstorms possible. Rain and possible thunderstorms are also forecasted throughout Wednesday night. The forecast also states that it will be “breezy with a southwest wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.” The high on Wednesday is expected to be around 65 degrees.
This past weekend the Williamson area experienced some problems with drainage issues, ponding of water and a mudslide on Goodman Avenue (see photos.)
On Thursday, rain and snow showers are possible before 2 p.m. with any snow fall switching back into rain during the early evening hours. The NWS forecast also explains that there is a likelihood of strong winds. The forecast states that the wind will be, “breezy, with a west wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.”
The forecast explains that the chance of snow continues throughout Thursday evening and Thursday night. Thursday’s low is expected to be around 27 degrees. A chance of snow lingers into Friday morning.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)