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April 16, 2018 8:05 am
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The severe thunderstorm threat and heaviest rainfall associated with this latest low pressure system are now shifting east and away from North-Central West Virginia. However, local 911 centers report mainly minor flooding over most of the 12 News viewing area before sunrise Monday. 

Automated rain gauges report more than two inches of rain has already fallen with an additional half-inch to one inch still possible in spots. This will likely cause current flooding to worsen and may cause additional flooding problems to develop into the Monday morning drive. At least the wildfire threat has been squelched. 

A Flood Warning remains in effect through mid-morning for the counties highlighted in bright green including Wetzel, Ritchie, Gilmer, Braxton, Marion, Monongalia, Harrison, Lewis, Uspshur, Preston, Tucker, Taylor, Barbour, Pocahontas, Randolph & Garrett Counties. Flooding of small creeks and streams is ongoing with standing water on the typical low-lying trouble spots. 

News sources also report several water rescues, road closures due to high water, flooded roads and mudslides. Motorists should use additional caution during the early/mid-morning drive-times, especially before sunrise when the hazards of flooding are more difficult to identify. SLOW DOWN to avoid hydroplaning,  allow extra follow distance and remain on high alert for various driving hazards.

Click here to visit our partners at WV511 to check traffic/road conditions and to check the status of various state road closures in the area. 

Remember, most flooding fatalities occur in vehicles. Never drive through flooded roadways. The water may be deeper than it appears. If you encounter flooded roads, turn around, don’t drown. Find an alternate route or wait for the water to recede. 

A Freeze Warning has also been issued for several counties where the growing season has officially begun, including Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Pleasants, Ritchie & Tyler Counties from 10:00 PM Monday until 10:00 AM Tuesday. Overnight low temperatures in the lower 30s Monday night may kill or damage sensitive vegetation if left unprotected. Take action now to protect your crops/plants. 

Mountain snow in the 1-3″ range is possible for points east above 3000 feet by Tuesday morning. 

Stay tuned to WBOY 12 News Today for more on your Monday and the rest of this week’s weather.