Pinpoint Weather: Flooding rains continue through the week

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Moving forward through the week there will be a steady flow or rain, some heavy at time but it will be nearly constant.

Tuesday:  Set up day where the rain overtakes the soil and we see the saturation point in a number of locations.  Lowland areas start to fill up a bit, not overwhelming, but noticeable big puddles or ponds. Creeks run fast, but not over their banks. During this time, we will get periodic flood advisories from the NWS as some pockets of heavy rain do overpower the creeks and flood prone areas.

Wednesday:  This will be the tipping point day when a number of small streams and minor rivers like the Pigg and Maury get closer to bank full.  Some of the flood prone areas need to really be monitored.  Depending on the bulls eye of the rain fall folks may need to evacuate or take to higher ground.                               

Thursday:  We will start to get more specific information about the flooding spots. The flooding will creep up on us so we need to listen to the latest updates and info to stay safe. Any rain that falls on Thursday will be considered flooding rains as there will be no ability for the ground to absorb any more water. Flash flooding will be more likely in the NRV and Highlands as the terrain will enhance the runoff of the water.  Landslides and debris flows are possible and there is also going to be some windy conditions along the mountains and the NRV which may easily push trees over as the root systems have been weakened by the rain.  Power outages likely.   Buildings will be starting to get threatened by the rain water. Roads will be dealing with debris and water; I expect a number of road closures. 

Friday:  We deal with the lag time flooding.  The rain should be ending but this where we find the most issues with the Dan, New, James, Roanoke/Staunton Rivers. 

Stay Safe and healthy.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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