PARKERSBURG - The National Weather Service in Charleston is monitoring a significant rise in the Ohio River after rains moved through the area Sunday, said Ken Batty, meteorologist.
The rise is expected to continue today and into Tuesday.
"We are expecting the river to crest Tuesday afternoon or evening, but we are still expecting it to crest below flood stage," Batty said regarding forecasts for Parkersburg.
Ohio River rising
However, those forecasts are going to be continually updated over the next couple of days to see if there will be a possibility of flooding.
The Little Kanawha River also saw a rise due to rains, but Batty said no flood warnings have been issued. Early forecasts have the river expected to crest around Glenville at around six feet under flood stage.
Things are expected to dry out a little as sunny skies are expected throughout today with a high of 45 and into Tuesday which is expected to reach a high of 54. It is expected to start clouding up again Tuesday afternoon. Rain is expected again Wednesday with new rainfall amounts of between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.
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The Ohio River at Belpre and Parkersburg was a little over 29 feet at 2 p.m. Sunday and rising, according to the National Weather Service. The service is predicting the river to crest 2 p.m. Tuesday at 35.1 feet, about a foot under flood level of 36 feet.