CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Forecasters have issued a flood watch in much of West Virginia as a storm approaches.

The National Weather Service says the flood watch is in effect through Friday morning for about half of West Virginia’s counties.

The weather service says up to 2 inches of rain is possible, and that could contribute to ice breakup and ice jam flooding on streams and rivers.

In some higher elevations, rain is expected to change to snow Friday night, including a period of freezing rain or sleet.

The weather service says some northern counties could get a coating of ice and up to 5 inches of snow.

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