Flood Advisory In Effect Until 10:45pm Tonight – Thursday December 20, 2018

454 PM EST THU DEC 20 2018

The National Weather Service in BLACKSBURG has issued a

* Flood Advisory for Minor Flooding in Poor Drainage Areas for…
Alleghany County in northwestern North Carolina…
Surry County in northwestern North Carolina…
Wilkes County in northwestern North Carolina…
Watauga County in northwestern North Carolina…
Ashe County in northwestern North Carolina…
Yadkin County in northwestern North Carolina…
Floyd County in southwestern Virginia…
Carroll County in southwestern Virginia…
The City of Galax in southwestern Virginia…
Grayson County in southwestern Virginia…
Southwestern Franklin County in west central Virginia…
Patrick County in southwestern Virginia…

* Until 1045 PM EST

* At 451 PM EST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated a
large area of moderate rain spreading across the region from south
to north. Recent rainfall and snowmelt over the past few weeks has
heavily saturated the ground in this region. Minor flooding will
be possible through the evening as the rainfall continues.

* Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding in
the advisory area. Small creeks and streams will rise to near
bankfull over the next few hours. Over an inch of rain has fallen
this afternoon in many locations throughout this area, and an
additional 1 to 1.5 inches of rainfall can be expected over the
next several hours.

* Some locations that may experience flooding include…
Boone…
Mount Airy…
Galax…
North Wilkesboro…
and Elkin.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low lying
spots.

In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are
potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded
roads. Find an alternate route.

When it is safe to do so, please send your reports of flooding,
including mudslides or flooded roads, to the National Weather Service
by calling toll free at 1…8 6 6…2 1 5…4 3 2 4. Reports and
pictures can also be shared on the National Weather Service
Blacksburg Facebook page and on Twitter.