Heavy rain expected tonight; temperatures more seasonable

ELKINS – February is going to start off a bit rough, but warmer temperatures are on the way, officials said.

The National Weather Service in Charleston is reporting more of a stormy pattern coming through central West Virginia, although bitter temperatures are expected to remain at bay.

Staff Meteorologist for NWS, Ken Batty said, “We came out of the icebox in January, and now we are in a more stormy pattern but not as cold.”

The storm next on the horizon will begin dropping rain on the area during the evening hours, with the heaviest rain being from tonight into Wednesday morning. Showers will not last long, and will head out of the area on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will start to clear up and bring sunshine to much of the area.

“The majority of rain will be Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and exit Wednesday during the day,” Batty said.

“It’s a pretty quick hitter and won’t be around too long.”

The temperatures throughout the rest of the week will remain moderate with highs staying in the upper 30s through Friday, except for dipping down into the mid-20s Thursday. Overnight lows will drop into the upper teens.

Most of Randolph County was able to escape the worst of the snow Monday, with less than an inch falling in Elkins. Batty said the snow pattern was strange, as the worst of it wasn’t in the mountainous counties.

“It was very unusual that the mountainous counties didn’t get the heaviest snow, rather the Mid-Ohio Valley counties,” Batty said. “Places like Parkersburg, Morgantown and up into Pennsylvania received 6-8 inches and some spots reported up to 10.

While January brought polar air and falling temperatures into the area, it was hardly the coldest month in West Virginia history, Batty noted.

“You thought January 2014, with an average temperature of 23 degrees, was cold? In 1977, the average for the month was 15 degrees in Elkins,” Batty said. “1977 was the coldest January, and month, on record.”

Batty urges area residents to keep up with the weather report for possible forecast updates.

“Our concern is with water and stream levels,” Batty said. “As of 2 p.m. Monday afternoon there are no flood watches, but keep an eye on the forecast concerning water.”