The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 8, 2013

NWS forecast: Rains to taper off tonight

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— Southern West Virginians may catch glimpses of sunshine throughout today, according to reports by the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va.

NWS Meteorologist Nick Fillo said Tuesday that an upper-level low pressure system inching across the Carolinas Tuesday brought rainfall to the Mountain State.

But the rains were expected to slow by midnight Tuesday, he said. That means less rain and possible glimpses of sunshine throughout today, he added.

Charleston NWS meteorologist Liz Sommerville says other counties in the area, including Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas, are not under flood warnings or watches and rain should taper off this morning. Sommerville added that residents should keep an eye on small streams and poor drainage areas.

Small stream flooding in the Hollywood/Glace area caused officials to close all five Monroe County schools one hour early Tuesday.

Classes were dismissed at 2:30 p.m. at James Monroe High School, Monroe County Vocational Center, Mountain View Elementary & Middle School, Peterstown Elementary and Peterstown Middle School.

According to the Monroe County 911 Center, while the floods that were caused by heavy rainfall early in the week were expected to be minor, the high water did cause some school buses to be diverted from their normal routes.

Although rising water forced early closures, Fillo said rivers remained below flood level.

“There were some reports of localized flooding, water collecting on low areas and dips in roadways,” he said. “Portions of West Virginia picked up anywhere from 1 to 2 inches with the rainfall passing across the area.”

Water covered roads in several places in Greenbrier County.

Smaller streams and creeks rose to full bank conditions Tuesday, but Fillo said rivers are expected to stay below flood level Wednesday, even as the smaller streams feed into them.

It’s still not time to break out the SPF 80, though. "(Today) will be cloudy, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few breaks,” said Fillo. “By Thursday, (the rain) is going to be over New England, and we’ll start to see the clouds break up.

“We’ll still have a good deal of cloud cover, but we’ll see some peaks of sunshine in between.”

The extended forecast for the area calls for highs Wednesday of around 64 degrees and a low of 50. Thursday and Friday temperatures are expected to peak around 70 with a chance of rain both days, then dipping to 55 degrees Thursday and 58 on Friday.

The projected high temperature for Mother’s Day Sunday is 57 degrees, with a low of 37.

Reporters Tina Alvey and Carra Higgins contributed to this report.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com