have issued High Wind Warnings and Flood Watches for all counties to
our north - from Noble and Monroe counties all the way to Lake Erie.
If you or someone you know is planning travel the next three
days to the east or south, into the Appalachian Mountains, be aware that a Blizzard Warning has been issued from 12 PM today through 4 PM Wednesday. Elevations
over 3000 feet are forecast to get 1 to 2 feet of snow, along with damaging
winds and white-out conditions at times.
The Blizzard Warning is for areas along and west of the Allegheny Front, from east of Morgantown down through Canaan Valley, Elkins, Lewisburg and Beckley, including the West Virginia Turnpike.
Here in Marietta, eyes will be on the Ohio and Muskingum rivers later this week. The latest precipitation estimates from the NWS Hydrological Prediction Service
show the following:
The Muskingum River watershed does not appear to be of great concern at this time. Total rainfall there is predicted at 1.5 to 2 inches, and the Muskingum Watershed District
is ready to hold back a lot of water.
In the Ohio Valley
proper, from Marietta up to Pittsburgh, a
general 2 to 3 inch rainfall is predicted. Of deeper concern are rainfall forecasts for the rivers that
form the mighty Ohio.
The Allegheny River watershed is forecast to receive 3 to
4 inches of rainfall this week; the Monongahela River watershed is in the 3
to 5 inch category, with some of that in the form of heavy snow along the Allegheny Front.
Today (before most of the predicted precipitation has fallen, after all) is too early for late-week river forecasts, but those forecasts
will bear watching as this historic, massive storm churns to our northeast.