App Notifications

Below are notifications as sent out by the Watauga Roads & Weather app. For previous alerts from 2017 & 2016 click here.


Bairds Creek Road On 105 Side To Be Closed For Bridge Replacement, Project Begins Monday

2:17pm Saturday June 16 – Wreck – 105 in Foscoe in the area of Salvation Army. Expect possible delays in that area.

1:37pm Friday June 15 – Wreck – 421 in the area of Brushy Fork Church. Roll over wreck. Expect delays in that area.

1:22pm Friday June 15 – Wreck – Bethel Rd and 321 intersection. Roll over with pin in. Expect delays in that area.

9:38am Thursday June 14 – Accident w/injuries 105/Wilson Drive, Emergency Personnel on scene, expect delays in the area.

5:31pm Wednesday June 6, 2018 – Accident with injuries – State Farm Road & 105 Ext. Expect delays in the area.

Section Of Blue Ridge Parkway Closed In Deep Gap After Cracking Roadway. More information at this link. 

The Parkway is closed heading north just past the old 421 exit near Parkway School. This is the same part that was closed due to the rock slide earlier in the year.

Local Long Time Reporter Jeff Eason Passes

Flash Flood Warning For Watauga County Until 11pm Thursday May 31, 2018

UPDATED 4:45pm Thursday May 31, 2018: Flash Flood Warning is CANCELLED for Watauga as of 4:42pm. Flood Watch Remains until 8pm.

Parkway School will dismiss at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, May 31 due to a water main break in the school’s well house. Watauga County Schools maintenance crews are onsite, and school is expected to resume normal operation by tomorrow.

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory Until 11:30pm Wednesday Night, Flood Watch Extended Until 4am Thursday. For more information click here. 

UPDATE – -Two persons reported in the structure at the time of the collapse. Search and rescue option ongoing. USAR team from Asheville area en-route. For more information click here. 

Emergency Officials Working Reported Landslide Into A Residence. For more information click here. 

Governor to Declare State of Emergency for Western Counties. The State of Emergency will help the state coordinate storm response and prepare for any additional impacts. For more information click here. 

Flood Advisory Extended Until 9:45am Wednesday May 30, 2018. Flood Watch extended until 8pm.

ALERT – Flash Flood Warning For Watauga County Until 10pm Tuesday May 29, 2018

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Poor Drainage Areas For Watauga Until 8pm Tuesday May 29, 2018. For more information click here. 

Flash Flood Watch In Effect From Tuesday Morning – Wednesday Morning, May 29-30, 2018. For more information click here. 

New event. Areal Flood Advisory from Saturday 5/26/2018 11:56 AM to 6:00 PM EDT for Watauga County, Ashe County. More information at this link.

1:44pm Friday May 25 – Wreck – 421/Industrial Park Drive -Vehicle vs motorcycle.  Expect delays in that area.

12:56pm Friday May 25 – Wreck – 321 near Mast Gap Road. Expect delays in that area.

9:52am Friday May 25 – Wreck involving two motorcycles in the area of 321/Niley Cook Road. Expect possible delays.

Thursday May 24 5:15pm – TRAFFIC ALERT – Red light is flashing is or out at “the big light” in Boone. Intersection of 105 ext/321/105. Boone PD on the scene

Thursday 12:41pm – Motorcycle accident in the area of 11466 Highway 105 south in Foscoe. Expect delays.

Thursday May 24 8:36am -Wreck -in the area of 9230 highway 105 south. Expect delays.

Wednesday May 23 Moving Road Closures to install pavement markings on several local roads today. The full list is available by clicking here. 

Funeral Services Announced For Wilkes County Born Highway Patrolman Killed In Monday Night Crash. For more information click here. 

Areal Flood Advisory for Watauga, NC Until 11:30pm – Monday May 21, 2018. For more information click here. 

2:13pm – 3 Mudslides reported – 900 block Silverstone Road, 7000 block of old 421 in Zionville and in 1200 block of Joe Shoemaker Road. Fire dept and DOT are aware. Use caution in those areas.

Some local roads impacted by heavy rain and flooding over the weekend. Click here for a list of the current impacts. 

3:15pm Sunday May 20 – Multi car wreck on 321 just outside Boone town limits. Expect lengthy delays.


**Notifications for Friday May 18, 2018 due to heavy rain and flooding**

7:57pm – Deerfield Road at the Moose Lodge and Blairmont Drive has been reopened at this time.

5:21pm Friday May 18 – Use caution and allow extra travel time on 105 in Foscoe near dumpster site due to mudslide. DOT is in route with motorgrader.

Flash Flood Warning Issued For Friday May 18, 2018 For Watauga & Ashe. More information at this link. 

Flash Flood Watch has been extended until Saturday morning.

12:57pm – Traffic Alert – US 221 south in Fleetwood is open according to Ashe County Emergency Management

11:58am Friday May 18 – Accident – 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock near the trash containers. Traffic at a standstill.

7:34am Friday May 18 – ALERT – Blowing Rock Road from Rivers Street to Wendys is going to be shut down according to scanner dispatches. Also Faculty Street behind the Holmes Center.

7:07am Friday May 18 – A water main has busted in the area of Hardee’s/Holmes Center, according to scanner dispatches. Expect lot of water and possible delays in the area.


Notifications for Thursday May 17, 2018 

4:44pm Thursday May 17  – US Hwy 221 south in Fleetwood expected to open back up sometime late this evening. However it will be closed from 8:30 am until noon tomorrow (May 18) between Paul Goodman Road and Watertank Road for additional work, according to Ashe County Emergency Management.

UPDATE – Flash Flood Watch extended until 12am May 19. More information at this link. 

Thursday May 17  6:32am – Per social media reports – 221 South in Ashe, near Laurel Ridge Rd, is closed due to mudslide. Road expected to be closed most of the day.

4:35pm Tuesday May 15, 2018 – Accident – 421 South near North Pine Run Road – Expect delays.


Man Leads Local Law Enforcement On Multi-County Chase On Monday

Sunday Night Power Outages/Blink May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day 2018 Weekend Temperatures Set Records. Click here for more info. 

Cluster Of Strong Thunderstorms To Impact Watauga County & Ashe County From 6:58 PM to 7:45 PM Thursday May 10, 2018

REMINDER – Allow extra travel time in #BooneNC and on #AppState campus for commencement events on Friday & Saturday. More information at this link. 

Art Kohles Former Highway Patrolman For Watauga County Passes http://wataugaonline.com/art-kohles-former-highway-patrolman-for-watauga-county-passes/

Tuesday May 8 Moving Road Closures to install pavement markings on several local roads today. The full list is available by clicking here. 

8:14am Tuesday May 8 – Accident – 105 near Broadstone Road and the old caboose site. Expect delays.

Monday May 7 – Moving closure to install pavement markings on: Bairds Creek Rd near Rubin Walker Rd, Mast Gap Rd near Hicks Road, Watauga River Rd near Tom Ward Rd, Bethel Rd near Mountain Dale Rd, Georges Gap Rd near Bob Campbell Rd, Laurel Branch Road near Forest Grove Road, Old US Hwy 421 near Laurel Branch Road. Expected impact to traffic is Medium in all locations.

10:47am Friday May 4 – Rollover Wreck – 105 at Shulls Mill. Expect delays.

8:50am – Power is back on in impacted areas. 8:38am Wednesday May 2 UPDATE – per scanner traffic New River Light & Power is dealing with a burnt jumper. Problem should be fixed within about 30 minutes. 8:31am – According to scanner traffic there is a power outage in the area of the High School. Some traffic lights may be impacted.

4:02pm Tuesday May 1- Accident – Stadium Drive/Rivers Street. Expect possible delays in the area.


4:14pm – Monday April 30 – Accident – 105/105 bypass area – Expect delays.

2:56pm According to scanner traffic, the big light in town and the light at Sagebrush is flashing all reds. Law enforcement is working to direct traffic.

FLOOD WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
658 AM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018
The National Weather Service Blacksburg Va has issued a Flood Warning
for the following rivers in North Carolina
...Watauga River near Watauga R. Nr Sugar Grove affecting Watauga County
...Heavy rainfall has resulted in minor flooding along the Watauga River once again...
658 AM EDT Tue Apr 24 2018
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg Va has issued a
* Flood Warning for the Watauga River near Watauga R. Nr Sugar Grove
* from this morning until further notice
* At 7 AM Tuesday the stage was 6.9 feet...and rising rapidly. Moderate flood stage is 10.0 feet.
* Flood Stage is 6.0 feet.
* Impact...at 6.0 feet...Flooding on portions of Watauga River road begins.
* Flood history...this crest compares to a previous crest of 6.9 feet on Apr 24 2017.

12:09pm Monday April 23 – Accident – Car vs pedestrian – 321 near the Speedway gas station closest to the mall. Expect delays in that area.

Flood Watch in effect Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon. Click here for more information.

Update – 4:45pm – Foscoe Fire has cleared the scene, road is back open. 4:15pm Thursday April 19 – Wreck – 105 South in Foscoe near Twin Rivers, truck vs moped, expect delays.

1:45pm Tuesday April 17 – Wreck – 421/221 intersection. Expect possible delays.

Watauga County Schools will operate on a TWO (2) hr delay for students and staff on Monday, April 16.

Tornado Watch In Effect Until 7pm Sunday April 15, 2018, Includes Western North Carolina. Click here for more information. 

Flash Flood Watch In Effect For Sunday April 15, 2018. Click here for more information. 

Recall: Certain Branded Eggs Sold At Walmart And Food Lion Stores Locally And Statewide. More information by clicking here. 

12 noon April 13 – 321 at Elk Motel is back fully open after early morning tractor-trailer roll over.

6am April 13, 2018 – -Tractor trailer on its side near Elk Motel in Boone. Material is in the road too, expect delays.

4:16pm – Accident on 421 near intersection of 194 at New Market Center. Expect possible delays.

Dutch Creek Road to be closed Wednesday for bridge construction completion. More information at this link. 

7:56am Tuesday April 10 – Accident – 105 in the area of the turnoffs to Shulls Mills. Expect delays.

4:11pm Sunday April 8 – Expect delays on 105 at HO Aldridge Road due to vehicle fire. Fire dept on scene.

6:35pm Thursday April 5 – Multi car wreck on 105 in Boone. Expect delays.

4:54pm Thursday April 5 – Expect some congestion on 105 southbound leaving Boone as Boone Fire works a fire at The Oil Exchange

Traffic Alert if heading to Beech Mountain – 7:49am – one lane is open per incoming social media reports.7:17am – Beech Mountain Parkway is closed until further notice due to structure fire, according to a robo call received this morning.

Wind Advisory In Effect From Wednesday Morning To Thursday Morning April 4-5, 2018. More information by clicking here. 

3:12pm Monday . April 2 – Wreck – Wilson’s Ridge Road – Expect delays in the area.


7pm Thursday March 29 – Tractor Trailer hung up on Old 421 S near Dick Watson Rd. Both lanes blocked.

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Sunday Night Into Monday Morning March 25-26, 2018. More information by clicking here. 

Watauga County Schools will operate on a 2 hr delay on Monday, March 26. Buses will run on Limited A routes.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more info. 

Construction On Median Barrier Safety Wall On 421 Has Started

Windy Conditions Lead To Early Thursday Morning Power Outages

Winter Storm Warning issued from midnight into Thursday. More information available at this link. 

4:42pm Saturday March 17 – A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Ashe & Watauga until midnight.

1:45pm Saturday March 17 – Reminder – King Street through downtown Boone will be closed for a short time for the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade that begins at 2pm.

8:39am Wednesday March 14 – Getting report of Semi stuck on 321 near the state line. Expect possible delays in that area.

7:12am Wednesday March 14 – Wreck – vehicle off the embankment on 105 near Baird’s Creek Road intersection – expect delays in that area.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the rest of today into Wednesday. More details at this link. 

3:55 pm Monday March 13 – Accident – Expect delays on 105 at the top of Rock Crusher Hill, multi car wreck.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued from midnight tonight through midnight Monday night. For more information see this link.  

2pm Wednesday March 7 – Wreck also on 194 past Meat Camp Fire Dept, delays in that area too.

1:53 pm Wednesday March 7 – Single car accident on 194 at Brookshire Road near DOT, expect delays in the area.

8:24 am Friday March 2 – – Now getting reports that 321 at Watauga/Caldwell line is back open.

7:40am Friday March 2 – 321 mountain update – According to Boone Police – Highway Patrol is reporting several accidents on hwy 321 mountain/Blowing Rock and the road will be closed for another 2-3 hours.

High Wind Warning in effect from 6pm tonight until Saturday morning. Northwest 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph or stronger at higher elevations.


2:09 pm Wednesday Feb 28 – Wreck – 105 bypass near the the 105 red light. Expect delays in the area.

6:33pm Feb 26 – Accident – Blowing Rock Road in front of Boone Police Department. Expect possible delays in that area.

7:58am Feb 26 – Accident – 421/Boone Mountain in Vilas at intersection of Linville Creek Road. Expect lengthy delays.

5:38pm – Thursday Feb 22 – Accident – Edmiston Road, exact location unknown – Rollover wreck – Expect delays in the area.

5:24pm Thursday Feb 22 – Accident – Single car wreck on 321 near Trashcan Falls. Expect possible delays in the area.

5:32 pm Monday Feb 19 – Accident -421/Boone Mountain in Vilas at Quality Plus. Expect delays in the area.

8:03am Wed Feb 14 – – UPDATE from appstatepolice: #AppState ALERT (Update): All clear. The gas leak in the area of Legends has been stopped by emergency personnel. Area returning to normal.

7:28am Wed Feb 14 – Per ASU Police – ALERT: Gas Leak in the area of Legends. Emergency personnel on-scene. Avoid area of Legends, Howard St, rear Doughton parking lot.

11:50am Tuesday Feb 6 – Tractor and trailer stuck on Wilson’s Ridge Bamboo side. Expect some delays in the area. Law enforcement on the scene assisting.


Tuesday January 30, 2018 –  8:15am – Per incoming reports 421 at Watauga/Wilkes line is back open. Continued caution advised.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 – Multi vehicle wreck and spin outs on 421 at Watauga/Wilkes line. Per reports road is closed until it can be salted.

Niley Cook Road To Be Closed Thursday January 25, 2018 For Repairs. More details at this link. 

3:46pm Thursday January 17, 2018 – Elk Creek Road is back open after being closed due to multiple accidents this morning.

11:50am Thursday January 17, 2018 – Elk Creek Road is CLOSED for unknown amount of time due to multiple accidents. Main entrance and Jakes Mtn.

Traffic Alert 6:55 am Friday January 12, 2018 – one local bridge that usually floods already under water. This report came in via twitter “Dewitt Barnett bridge underwater. No cones or markers up yet. Foggy. Be careful.”

Monday Travel: Plan for possible local travel issues on Monday (January 8, 2018)  due to forecast sleet, rain, freezing rain and snow.

Friday January 5, 2018 4:16pm – Accident – 321 & Niley Cook intersection area. Expect delays.

Thursday January 4, 2018 – Cold Weather Shelter Open In Avery County Due To Power Outage. For more information visit this link. 

6:14 pm Sunday Dec 31, 2017 – Wreck on 421/Boone Mountain in Vilas causing huge delays in that area.