BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - Hello Spring! High pressure sitting off of the east coast continues to pull in warm southerly air from the Gulf for today and tomorrow! Temperatures today will climb into the middle and upper 60's across NCWV. Although not quite as warm tomorrow, we will likely still see widespread lower 60's across the region. Records could be broken later this afternoon if the forecast highs for Clarksburg and Parkersburg verify. Current forecast for Clarksburg is 67° which would break the record of 64° set back in 1963. Parkersburg forecast for today is 65° which would break the record of 63° set in 1975.
Dramatic changes on the way behind all of this unseasonably warm air. With these warmer temperatures, southerly flow has also been pumping in humid air. Plenty of moisture is available to get squeezed out of the sky tonight as rain begins to move into the area. Rain showers will start this evening around 7 PM and continue through tonight. Moderate to heavy rain with a few rumbles of thunder will be possible during the overnight hours. The heaviest rain should occur after midnight until about 3 AM. With ice still in the rivers and the ground already saturated therefore unable to absorb any rain, the concern for flooding possibility has grown. A Flood Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service.
A Flood Watch is in effect from 7 PM Thursday evening until 10 AM Friday morning for the following counties: Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Pleasants, Ritchie, Taylor, and Tyler. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. There is a chance for moderate to heavy rain tonight which could lead to 1.5" to 2" of rain being squeezed out of the sky. The main concern tonight will be flooding, ice breakup in rivers and/or streams, and ice jam flooding due to already saturated and some still frozen ground.