Joint Agency update on winter weather, flooding impact across West Virginia

2/20/2019

Joint Agency update on winter weather, flooding impact across West Virginia
 
CHARLESTON, W.Va.The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM), the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG), and other West Virginia State Agencies continue to monitor the impact of winter weather and significant rainfall across the Mountain State.
 
As of 7:00 p.m., the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has received situation reports from all counties in West Virginia. Counties in central West Virginia report minor nuisance flooding and western counties report flooding on low-lying roads and some flash-flooding in the earlier part of the day. Northern counties reported travel issues due to snowfall earlier in the day, but all roads are clear and passable as of this report. No county or jurisdiction has unmet needs or significant issues at this time.
 
County Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) continue to monitor weather conditions, flooding threats and utility outages. All EOCs remain in communication with the SEOC and will provide situational reports and updates to state officials.
 
The West Virginia Division of Highways continues to monitor this complex weather event of snow, ice and rain. In counties experiencing snow and ice conditions, crews have been plowing and treating throughout the day and will continue through the duration of the event. In counties where the rain event is forecast, highway crews are preparing and pre-positioning assets to deal with those challenges and stand ready to assist emergency crews. Drivers can stay up to date on the latest driving conditions and travel alerts by visiting www.wv511.org.
 
The latest update from the National Weather Service in Charleston indicates that snowfall for this event has concluded, with all remaining precipitation coming in as rain. Areas with poor drainage may see flooding tonight, especially those areas near the Ohio River and in the southern part of the state.
Light to moderate rainfall is expected to continue through Wednesday evening, gradually ending overnight. Refreezing is not expected as temperatures are predicted to stay above freezing in all but the highest elevations. Conditions will be drier on Thursday with areas remaining under a flood watch or flood warning as snowmelt may cause creeks and streams to gradually rise. For the most up-to-date information on Watches, Warnings and Advisories for West Virginia, visit https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wv.php?x=1 .
 
Citizens should continue to monitor their local weather situation via television, radio, and news outlets, the National Weather Service, and also by following WVDHSEM on social media. WVDHSEM will be posting important safety messages this week as conditions develop to the WVDHSEM Facebook and Twitter pages at: https://www.facebook.com/WVDHSEM/ and https://twitter.com/WVDHSEM.

For more information on how to prepare for winter weather, ice storms, and flooding:
 
 
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For more information, contact the West Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office at: (304) 561-6762 or email: holli.r.nelson.mil@mail.mil or WVDHSEM PIO: Lora D. Lipscomb, Public Information Officer Office: (304) 558-5380 or at lora.d.lipscomb@wv.gov. 
 


Contact Information

Lora Lipscomb, WVDHSEM Public Information Officer