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January 31, 2013

Wind, rain, snow keep wary eyes on weather

BECKLEY — Most of southern West Virginia is keeping a watchful eye on wind, water and winter weather as last weekend’s surreal spring gets swept away and temperatures again drop.

Mercer, Monroe, Greenbrier and Summers counties are under a wind warning through 4 p.m. today, according to Ken Batty, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Winds are expected to continue around 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 50, which is enough to cause minor damage in areas where outdoor items are not secured and to greatly impact high profile vehicles in interstates, said Batty.

Widespread wind damage, however, is not expected.

The temperature at dawn will feel drastically different today as some areas in the region wake up to around one inch of snow.

Thursday night, more snow showers are expected to increase snow accumulation to as much as three inches, he said.

Friday’s high is expected to be around 20 degrees, with high altitudes like Flat Top only reaching a high of 15 to 18 degrees, said Batty.

The National Weather Service has also issued flood warnings for Fayette, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming.

Batty said with winter rain accumulation of around one inch Wednesday, the National Weather Service is concerned that small streams may overflow their banks.

On Thursday, meteorologists expect there to be a strong rise on the Greenbrier River with flooding possible over the next few days.

By 7 p.m. Wednesday, no area emergency operations centers had reported excessive flooding or and influx in weather-related accidents.

Summers County 911 did note that rock slides were occurring throughout the county as a result of the hard rain but were being managed by the Division of Highways as they were reported.

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