CHARLEST0N, W.Va. — With the National Weather Service forecasting rain through the weekend, Gov. Jim Justice has directed state emergency officials and the West Virginia National Guard to prepare for potential widespread flooding.

According to the governor’s office, both the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Guard will monitor weather and hydrology reports with Guard units staging equipment and personnel in areas with increased flooding risk.

A flood watch is in effect in through Sunday evening in northern West Virginia and the northern panhandle.