Western counties under Flood Watch through Wednesday

Advisory

A flood watch is in effect through Wednesday morning for several counties in western North Carolina.

Counties included in the watch: Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Stokes, Watauga and Wilkes counties.

Carroll, Grayson, Henry and Patrick counties in Virginia are also under a flood watch.

In some areas, over three inches of rain has fallen with another 2 to 3 inches possible through Wednesday.

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Full forecast from Emily Byrd:

A Flood Watch is in effect to the north and west of the Triad until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The rain continues today, with 1/2″ to 1-1/2″ of additional rain in the forecast through Thursday morning at 7 a.m.  The lower amount of rain will be in the southern Piedmont and the highest totals will be north and west of the Triad along the Blue Ridge.

Temperatures will be quite chilly today, staying in the mid- to upper-40s for most of the day.  The forecast high is 50 degrees so a warm coat and umbrella will be necessary to stay comfortable Wednesday afternoon.

Timeline

Wednesday night, showers continue and temperatures will be steadily in the mid-40s.  Tomorrow will be a bit warmer, in the upper 50s, with a 90 percent chance of rain.

Drier weather is headed our way for Friday and Saturday, temperatures probably won’t be any warmer.

* FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE A PORTION OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA...
  INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...AVERY...CALDWELL MOUNTAINS...
  GREATER CALDWELL...MITCHELL AND YANCEY.

* THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN ARE EXPECTED NEAR A STATIONARY FRONT
  ACROSS THE NORTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA MOUNTAINS THROUGH TUESDAY
  NIGHT. THREE DAY RAINFALL TOTALS OF 2.5 TO 5 INCHES...WITH
  LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS OF
  WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA BEFORE THE RAIN
  BEGINS TO TAPER OFF LATE TUESDAY NIGHT. THE PROLONGED RAINFALL
  EVENT WILL RESULT IN GRADUAL RISES ALONG RIVERS AND STREAMS...
  WITH SOME FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS POSSIBLE.

* HEAVY RAINFALL OVER ALREADY SATURATED MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN MAY
  TRIGGER LANDSLIDES...ESPECIALLY IN AREAS WHERE SLIDES HAVE
  OCCURRED IN THE PAST.
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