PARKERSBURG - Heavy rainfall was expected to have moved into the area by this morning.
Periods of moderate to heavy rain were expected to hit the Parkersburg area starting around 11 p.m. Monday, said Tim Axford, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
A line of thunderstorms had been slowly moving across southern Indiana and into central Ohio throughout the day and evening Monday, Axford said.
As the storms have progressed, the weather service has seen a significant reduction in the number of lightning strikes indicating the system might be weakening.
However, Axford said the Parkersburg area could still see significant rainfall and lightning as the front moves into the area.
''(Today) we are going to see more showers,'' he said with areas expected to see more than an inch of rain.
Parts of southeastern Ohio were under a hazardous weather outlook Monday evening with the possibility of heavy rain and strong gusty winds. There was the possibility of flooding in areas, the weather service reported Monday.
If this threat of heavy rain increases, a flood watch would be posted for the most vulnerable counties, officials said.
Showers are expected throughout the day with a 90 percent chance of precipitation with a low of 47 by tonight, the weather service reported.
Axford expected the rain to last into Wednesday.
Showers are expected mainly before 2 p.m. Wednesday with a high near 51 before turning to partly cloudy conditions by Wednesday evening with a low around 33.
Mostly sunny conditions are expected to return on Thursday and last into Saturday before clouding up again with a chance of showers returning by Sunday.