Amherst-Rockbridge : FLOOD WATCH – EXTENDED

Many counties in South Central Virginia are under a flood watch through Monday evening.

The original flood watch for the southern tier of counties has been replaced and extended by this one.

Original watch
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
959 PM EDT Sun Apr 23 2017

…Expect periods of heavy rain this afternoon through Monday…

.Slow moving storm system will track from the Tennessee Valley
to east of the North Carolina coast by Tuesday. Anticipate plenty
of rain to progress into to the region in advance of this system
which will allow for a prolonged period of rain, which may be
heavy at times Monday.

Including the cities of Lexington, Buena Vista, and Amherst
959 PM EDT Sun Apr 23 2017


The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has expanded the

* Flood Watch to include portions of central Virginia and west
central Virginia, including the following areas, in central
Virginia, Amherst. In west central Virginia, Rockbridge.

* Through Monday evening

* Moderate to heavy rain will take place, with around 2 inches
likely tonight through Monday night. Locally higher amounts
likely near the crest of the Blue Ridge.

* The duration and widespread nature of the heavy rainfall is
expected to result in rises and potential flooding on area
streams. Additionally, heavier short term rainfall rates
associated with bands of heavy rain showers could result in
localized flash flooding along small streams and in urban areas.
Saturated ground may also result in downed trees and rock or
mud slides.


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.


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