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Flooding in the past week has once again consumed much of southern West Virginia, with Gov. Jim Justice signing a state of emergency proclamation for seven counties on Friday. 

January 20, 1978: A Great Blizzard Strikes West Virginia

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On January 20, 1978, one of the worst blizzards in modern history struck West Virginia. It was the result of a Nor’easter that developed the previous day in the Atlantic.

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Federal officials say drought conditions in West Virginia are worsening as unusually high heat continues to beat down on the region.

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Forecasters say an early spring storm could dump more than a foot of snow in parts of West Virginia.

The National Weather Service says eastern and southeastern sections of the state will be the hardest hit with up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) possible by Tuesday night. Additional amounts were possible on Wednesday.

Precipitation forecast for March 12.
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Forecasters say up to 8 inches of snow could hit parts of West Virginia.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning Monday for the southeastern corner of the state.

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Forecasters have issued a flood watch in much of West Virginia as a storm approaches.

The National Weather Service says the flood watch is in effect through Friday morning for about half of West Virginia's counties.

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Record-low temperatures have been set in parts of West Virginia as a blast of Arctic air swept through the state.

The National Weather Service says the thermometer dipped to 14-below zero Sunday morning in Elkins. That broke the previous record of 12 below set in 1988.

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Officials have confirmed that a tornado touched down in northern West Virginia as the remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy passed through the state.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said the tornado in Monongalia County had a rating of EF1 , with maximum winds estimated at 95 mph (153 kph).

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through Monday morning for southwest West Virginia, as well as northeast Kentucky and southwest Virginia.

The watch begins Saturday afternoon.

The service says there's a risk of severe thunderstorms Saturday with damaging winds, large hail and an isolated tornado possible.

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Despite what the calendar says, winter isn't over just yet in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service says up to 6 inches of snow is possible starting Thursday night in parts of the state's eastern and northern mountains as well as the Greenbrier Valley.

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Warnings have been posted in much of West Virginia for up to a foot of snow from a late-season storm.

The National Weather Service says snow is expected to start Monday night and last in some places through early Wednesday. Power outages are possible due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines.

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Much of the state is under a Winter Weather Advisory Thursday as snow is expected to move into the region throughout the day. 

The Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Friday, as parts of the state will see 2-4 inches of snow. 

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood watch for much of West Virginia. The watch is in effect until Friday morning for southwestern parts of the state stretching northeast towards Clarksburg, Fairmont and Elkins.

Areas surrounding the cities of Morgantown and Moundsville are under a flash flood warning until 12:45 p.m. Thursday. 


The National Weather Service has sent two teams to survey storm-damaged areas of West Virginia and eastern Kentucky to determine whether tornadoes occurred.

Meteorologist Maura Casey in Charleston said one team is looking at damage reported from a storm in Kanawha and Lincoln counties in West Virginia and in Louisa, Kentucky.

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The National  Weather Service in Charleston has issued various severe weather advisories across West Virginia as the July 4th holiday weekend comes to a close. The warnings follow severe flooding that hit the area nearly two weeks ago, killing 23 people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Some Hard-Hit Counties

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The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on Independence Day in West Virginia. Some of the 21 counties under the watch experienced devastating flooding last month.

The weather service posted the watch from early Monday through early Tuesday, July 5. The watch area covers much of central and northern West Virginia.

The weather service said small streams and creeks would rise quickly if large amounts of rain fall in a few hours.

The worst of last month's floods were mostly in the southern part of the state. Three counties hit hard then and included in the latest watch are Clay, Nicholas and Roane. The two counties where most of the deaths occurred— Greenbrier and Kanawha — are not in the current watch area.

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood watch for most of southern West Virginia. The watch has been upgraded to a flash flood warning in several areas, including some of those most affected by last week's flood. The alerts are in effect from Monday morning through Monday evening. 

The watch comes just days after flooding in the area killed 25, destroyed homes, washed out roadways and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents. 

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued hazardous weather advisories, including a tornado warning, for parts of the Southwest region of West Virginia.

A tornado warning is in effect until 2:15 p.m. Tuesday for:

  • Putnam County
  • Southwestern Mason County
  • Northeastern Lincoln County
  • Northeastern Cabell County 
  • Northwestern Kanawha County

A severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued until 2:45 p.m. Tuesday for Central Pocahontas County and Southwestern Randolph County.

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More rain is expected Monday in parts of the state already experiencing high waters due to weekend showers. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from noon Monday through Tuesday morning for the majority of the state, including central, southwestern and northern West Virginia with an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain forecasted. A flash flood warning has also been issued for counties in the southwestern part of the state. A thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of the southern part of the state until 10 p.m. this evening.

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Update 12:50 p.m.: A freezing rain advisory is in effect for portions of the eastern mountains through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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Updated on Friday, December 25, 2015 at 6:34 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and advisories across West Virginia after heavy rainfall overnight and on Christmas morning. 

Counties pictured in dark green are under a flood watch until midnight Dec. 25. Counties in light green are under a flood warning.

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  Heavy rains followed by snow have pushed streams and rivers out of their banks across West Virginia.

Flood warnings are in effect through Thursday evening for much of the state.

The National Weather Service says moderate flooding was reported along the Bluestone River between Spanishburg and Pipestem. The river was 5 feet above flood stage at Spanishburg but was expected to recede later Thursday.

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West Virginia and the surrounding region is bracing for a highly impactful winter storm expected to bring heavy snow accumulation through Wednesday. Parts of West Virginia are expected to receive as much as 15-18 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

We will update this post with more information as it comes in.

A Look Around The State

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The National Weather Service has confirmed a second tornado touched down in southern West Virginia this week.

The weather service says the EF2 tornado traveled more than 3 miles after it touched down around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday a half mile west of Odd in Raleigh County. It had maximum winds between 120 and 125 miles per hour.

 More than 50,000 customers remain without electricity after severe thunderstorms rolled through West Virginia.

Appalachian Power says on its website that nearly 49,000 customers had no service Wednesday across 16 counties in southern West Virginia. That includes nearly 13,000 customers in Cabell County, 8,000 in Wayne County and more than 5,000 each in Kanawha and Logan counties.

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The winter of 2014 continues to break records in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service says a blast of arctic air on Tuesday broke low temperature records for March 4 in Wheeling, Morgantown, Elkins and Lewisburg.
In Elkins, the temperature dropped to minus-10 degrees. The previous record was minus-7 degrees in 1996.

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From the W.Va. Dept. of Military Affairs and Public Safety:

Temperatures are forecasted to plunge well below zero degrees Fahrenheit throughout the state over the next 24 hours, and West Virginians are urged to take precautions. The severe cold and dangerous wind chills bring the threat of hypothermia and frostbite from prolonged exposure. Unsafe efforts to stay warm, meanwhile, can lead to fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Experts advise the following:

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Temperatures across West Virginia could fall to their lowest levels in 18 years Monday night.

Below-zero temperatures are forecast around the state. Greg Guillot with the National Weather Service in Charleston says most of the state is expected to see the coldest temperatures since February 1996.

The weather service has issued for wind chill warnings for most of the state, effective Monday evening. Some areas could see wind chills of minus 30 degrees or lower.

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Wintry weather is expected to bring snow and possibly sleet over the course of the weekend, according to advisories posted by the National Weather Service and their outposts around the region.

Their Charleston office has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Randolph and Pocahontas counties from Saturday, December 14 at 4 a.m. to Sunday, December 15 at 1 a.m.


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Update: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 9:30

Here's a roundup of tweets from local and regional authorities, including emergency services and the National Weather Service:

Update: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 9:14 p.m.

In addition to a wind advisory in effect for most of the state, a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the western portion of West Virginia.  The National Weather Service in Charleston reports this watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Monday.