Pinpoint Weather: Flooding rain continues into the weekend

Flash Flooding is possible in the highlighted area as several inches of rain have already fallen, saturating the ground.
Expect fast run off of the rain leading to possible flooding.

Wednesday: This will be the tipping point day as the rain will be saturating the region. Some of the flood prone areas. Several Rivers are now at or near flood stage in the region. The rain is still falling and there will be numerous areas that will be overtaken by the rain water.  There have been several inches of rain since Monday and the ground just can’t take any more.  Pockets of fog are also expected to develop as the night moves along.

Thursday: The rain is expected to continue to fall over the Commonwealth. The threat of mudslides and debris flows will grow and the rivers will continue to rise.  I am expecting at least 2 – 3 more inches of rain by the end of the day and into Friday so based on the fact that all rain falling will run off quickly, there will be more flooded out areas. While Wednesday is being referred to as the “tipping point day” Thursday will be defined by several flooded rivers and regions.   Please don’t drive over flooded out roads or areas as you will be swept away quickly by swift moving waters.  Get to higher ground if you are experiencing flooding, watch out for mudslides and stay alert

Friday: We deal with the lag time flooding. The rain should be tapering off but not ending and there will be issues with the larger rivers in our region.  Already under flood warnings, several rivers will continue to rise over the weekend.  Don’t let your guard down Friday and into the weekend as there will be many areas that have yet to drop below flood stage. 

Over the Weekend:  Although there is going to be a let up in the steady flow of rain from around the low-pressure center that has been slowly moving over the region, we need to keep an eye on the rising water levels.  While may creeks and streams will be lowering, the bigger rivers will be rising.  Even after the rain ends, the rivers will still rise.

Stay safe

 John Carroll                                                     
Chief Meteorologist

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