Wheeling W. VA (WTRF) – In typical years, the bulk of hurricane activity starts to pick up between mid-August to mid-October with the conclusion of hurricane season on November 30th. It is somewhat abnormal to have hurricanes this late in the year, but nonetheless, we have one to talk about.
Currently, we have Tropical Storm Nicole that made landfall on the Atlantic side of Florida earlier this morning and is tracking though Florida as we speak.
The projected path has been rather uniform with model consistency on landfall. It will interact with a un upper-level wave of energy and surface cold front and veer into the TN/KY River Valley and then through West Virginia later today.
Will we see impacts from the system in West Virginia?
Impacts from the remnants of Nicole are likely. Our main threat will be for heavy rain. Flooding isn’t a large concern, as we have seen below average rain totals for the past few months. River levels are right below our 16 ft. average at 15.7ft. recorded earlier this morning. Water levels are predicted to reach 21 feet by Saturday morning. This is well below flood stage of 36ft.
Localized Isolated flooding is a possibility. If you live near a stream keep an eye on it throughout the day tomorrow. As well if you have drains on the road outside of your house, check up on it and make sure it is clear of leaves before you head to bed this evening.
Rain looks to move in between 4am and 6am. We will see an initial heavy band of rain from 6am-8am, before light showers for the late morning. So grab the umbrella and a jacket as you step out the door in the morning. We will see a little break in the activity for much of the afternoon. Then heavy showers pick back up for dinner time. Rain looks to clear out between 11pm and midnight.
Rain totals will range around 1-3 inches with locally higher amounts possible. There could be ponding on roadways throughout the day.
This is a developing weather event with some flexibility in timing and rain totals. The StormTracker7 Weather team will keep an eye on the forecast and keep you updated on air, online, and through social media.