Flash Flood Watch In Effect Through Thursday Morning

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Update – The Watch has been extended into Friday morning. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect through Friday morning for the High Country.

2 to 4 inches of rain is possible, according to the NWS statement. Below is the full context of the statement:

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
502 AM EDT THU AUG 4 2016

…PERSISTENT RAINFALL ON SATURATED GROUND TO CONTINUE FLOOD
CONCERNS…

.A PERSISTENT FETCH OF MOIST…MARITIME TROPICAL AIR OFF THE
ATLANTIC UP AGAINST THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE BLUE RIDGE WILL
RESULT IN PERSISTENT LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN ACROSS THE REGION
TODAY AND TONIGHT. MANY AREAS HAVE SEEN RAINFALL IN EXCESS OF 2
INCHES ALREADY DURING THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS…WITH LOCATIONS
ACROSS PATRICK AND CARROLL COUNTIES IN VIRGINIA…ALONG WITH SURRY
AND STOKES COUNTIES IN NORTH CAROLINA SEEING LOCALLY EXCESSIVE
RAINFALL IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES. THE CONTINUED RAINFALL ON THE
SATURATED GROUND ACROSS THE REGION WILL RESULT IN A CONTINUED
THREAT FOR FLOODING AND FLASH FLOODING.

NCZ001>003-018>020-VAZ011>013-015>017-032-042100-
/O.EXT.KRNK.FF.A.0009.000000T0000Z-160805T1200Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
ASHE-ALLEGHANY NC-SURRY-WATAUGA-WILKES-YADKIN-GILES-WYTHE-PULASKI-
GRAYSON-CARROLL-FLOYD-PATRICK-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WEST JEFFERSON…SPARTA…DOBSON…
BOONE…WILKESBORO…YADKINVILLE…PEARISBURG…WYTHEVILLE…
RADFORD…PULASKI…INDEPENDENCE…WHITETOP…TROUTDALE…
VOLNEY…GALAX…FLOYD…STUART
502 AM EDT THU AUG 4 2016

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING…

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* PORTIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA…INCLUDING
THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN NORTH CAROLINA…ALLEGHANY NC…
ASHE…SURRY…WATAUGA…WILKES AND YADKIN. IN SOUTHWEST
VIRGINIA…CARROLL…FLOYD…GILES…GRAYSON…PATRICK…
PULASKI AND WYTHE.

* THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING

* ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OF 1 TO 3 INCHES WITH AMOUNTS LOCALLY TO 4
INCHES POSSIBLE.

* RAPID RISES IN STREAMS AND CREEKS MAY FLOOD OR DAMAGE ROADS.
SOME CREEKS AND STREAMS IN FLOOD MAY REMAIN SO THROUGH THE DAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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