The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 9, 2013

Weather service says today should be a ‘pretty nice day’

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— Regardless of any morning showers or fog, today’s going to be a “pretty nice day,” according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Meteorologist Joe Merchant said the showers that plagued the region Tuesday and Wednesday should be cleared out, and skies should be partly sunny.

“You may see some fog in the morning, but then as the day progresses, any chance of rain showers will fade,” said Merchant. “Actually, it’s going to turn out to be a really nice day.”

The region dealt with minor flooding in Monroe and Greenbrier counties Tuesday and Wednesday. Flood warnings and advisories were in place for Monroe, Summers and Greenbrier counties on Tuesday, but had been lifted by Wednesday.

Following an early dismissal Tuesday, Monroe County schools were back on schedule Wednesday, while morning commuters and students in Beckley were greeted by steady rainfall, cooler temperatures and gray skies.

All schools in the region were open on time.

By noon Wednesday, officials had still reported no major flooding in the region. Minor flooding was reported at a campground near Sandstone Mountain in Raleigh County and Droop Mountain Tunnel near Tuckahoe Lake in White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier.

Temperatures hovered at near 50 degrees mid-morning.

As “promised” Tuesday by Blacksburg NWS meteorologist Nick Fillo, the sun was peeking through the clouds in bursts during the afternoon on Wednesday.

The Greenbrier River at Hilldale in Summers was at 12.94 feet at 2:45 p.m., while the river at Alderson in Greenbrier had returned to 9 feet by 2:45 p.m.

Nine feet is the “action stage” limit. When a river is at “action stage,” authorities begin to prepare for emergencies if the river continues to rise.

No flooding emergencies were reported at either location. Merchant said cooler temperatures and more rainfall are expected Friday and Saturday.

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