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Record heat gives way to winter storm

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Record high temperatures and strong rain storms on Wednesday began to give way to more wintery temperatures as snow showers were predicted to fall before sunrise Thursday.

Meteorologists with The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Wednesday afternoon after 1.15 inches of rain fell in Huntington before 5:30 p.m. That amount accounts for more than one-third of Huntington's total precipitation since Jan. 1.

The high temperature for Wednesday was 70 degrees, which ties the warmest temperature on record in Huntington, which was set in 1916. That is 36 degrees higher than the predicted high temperature for Thursday.

In a hazardous weather advisory also issued Wednesday afternoon, meteorologists predicted a cold front would bring in an overnight storm system that could bring an additional one to two inches of precipitation.

As temperatures drop, the rain showers are predicted to turn into snow showers, which will carry into Thursday night.

Meteorologists warned that as the rain and snow fall continues, small streams may be prone to come out of their banks quickly, leading to flooding along the streams and local rivers.

In addition to snow showers, meteorologists predict a high temperature of 34 degrees in Huntington on Thursday. Snow showers are predicted to continue through Saturday night, but meteorologists provided no indication that any more snow would accumulate in Huntington during the weekend.

Meteorologists predict a short break in the winter storm on Sunday, which is expected to be partly cloudy with a high in the mid 30s, before a new storm system is predicted to move in at the beginning of next week.

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