MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Meteorologists predict bands of showers and thunderstorms to roll across north-central West Virginia Tuesday night into Wednesday. A flood watch is in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 through 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, according to MetroNews Accuweather.

“At about 8 p.m., we should see the first round of rounds come through,” meteorologist David Shallenberger said. “It’s going to be mainly in the north, but there could be some storms in there, and they could be strong.”

As the cold front moves into the area Shallenberger said winds will increase that will possibly create damaging gusts.

In addition to breezy conditions, Shallenberger said residents in cities like Morgantown, Fairmont, Kingwood, Hazelton, Coopers Rock, Terre Alta, Bruceton Mills, Rowlesburg, and Uniontown will experience waves of rain and wind through the evening into Wednesday.

“It’s the rounds of storms that are coming through,” Shallenberger said. “They’re moving through pretty fast, so they’re not going to be moving slowly over the area, causing flooding, but it is the repeated rounds that will have an impact on us.”

Shallenberger said those who live in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to move to higher ground if flooding conditions develop.

“With this evening and the overnight, we can expect at least 1 inch or 1 1/2 inches,” Shallenberger said.