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Flood Watch : Thursday Night Until Late Friday or Saturday AM For Much Of Area

[ 0 ] December 27, 2018 |

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Flood Watch
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
949 AM EST Thu Dec 27 2018

Augusta-Rockingham-Page-Nelson-Albemarle-Greene-Madison-
Western Highland-Eastern Highland-Northern Virginia Blue Ridge-
Central Virginia Blue Ridge-
Including the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, Stuarts Draft,
Harrisonburg, Luray, Shenandoah, Stanley, Lovingston,
Charlottesville, Stanardsville, Madison, Hightown, Monterey,
Big Meadows, and Wintergreen
949 AM EST Thu Dec 27 2018

…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT…

The Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of central and western Virginia, including the Central
and Northern Virginia Blue Ridge, and the counties of Albemarle,
Greene, Nelson, Madison, Page, Augusta, Highland, and Rockingham.

* From late tonight through late Friday night.

* Periods of moderate to potentially heavy rain will move
through the southern Shenandoah Valley and upslope regions
east of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Front overnight tonight
through the day on Friday. Total rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is
expected, with much of that falling in a 6-12 hour timeframe.
Localized amounts of 3 or more inches are possible.

* Conditions remain wet after rain that occurred late last week,
so the upcoming rain has the potential to increase stream
levels and cause flooding, especially on small streams in the
watch area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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.

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
859 AM EST Thu Dec 27 2018

…Flooding Possible Tonight and Friday…

.A deep low pressure system tracking from the south central U.S.
toward the Great Lakes over the next couple of days will draw
abundant Gulf moisture northward into the eastern United States
ahead of an associated slow moving cold front. Rainfall will
average 1.5 to 3 inches across much of the forecast area.

This rain will be falling on very saturated ground from recent
repeated heavy rainfall events and snow melt from earlier in the
month. The rain will not be absorbed well by the already moist
ground. Runoff from the rainfall will likely result in flooding of
small streams and creeks tonight and Friday.

Main stem river flooding will also likely be renewed Friday and
in some cases, particularly along the lower portion of the Dan and
Roanoke Rivers, will result in minor to potentially moderate
flooding that could continue into early next week.

Ashe-Alleghany NC-Surry-Stokes-Rockingham-Caswell-Watauga-Wilkes-
Yadkin-Grayson-Carroll-Floyd-Roanoke-Botetourt-Rockbridge-Patrick-
Franklin-Bedford-Amherst-Henry-Pittsylvania-Campbell-Appomattox-
Buckingham-Halifax-Charlotte-
Including the cities of West Jefferson, Sparta, Dobson, Danbury,
Eden, Yanceyville, Boone, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, Independence,
Whitetop, Troutdale, Volney, Galax, Floyd, Roanoke, Salem,
Fincastle, Lexington, Buena Vista, Stuart, Rocky Mount, Bedford,
Amherst, Martinsville, Danville, Lynchburg, Appomattox,
South Boston, and Keysville
859 AM EST Thu Dec 27 2018

…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM EST THIS EVENING
THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…

The Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of North Carolina and Virginia, including the
following areas, in North Carolina, Alleghany NC, Ashe,
Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and
Yadkin. In Virginia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Botetourt,
Buckingham, Campbell, Carroll, Charlotte, Floyd, Franklin,
Grayson, Halifax, Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Roanoke, and
Rockbridge.

* From 7 PM EST this evening through Saturday morning

* 1 to 3 inches of rain, locally 4 inches, is expected along and
east of the Blue Ridge tonight through Friday evening.

* Minor to moderate flooding of small creeks and streams is
possible. This would result in flooding of roads and poor
drainage areas. Minor flooding is also possible along main stem
rivers and tributaries, including the Roanoke, Dan, James,
Yadkin, and Watauga River basins.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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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