Since last night there where several flood warnings and advisories issued from the National Weather Service as over 3” of rain fell in some spots. The flood waters are still high and, in some areas, still rising, but for the most part the bulk of the precipitation is over. Now we need to keep an eye on the fast-moving rivers and streams in the Alleghany Highlands as they will be dangerous to be around the loose banks. The combination of snow melting along with the rain added to the issues in the mountains as that acts as a “double dip” of run-off.
There will be a cooler pattern tonight as a cold front will push over the region and provide us with temps below freezing tonight. Black ice is a concern in locations where the wind doesn’t dry off the roads.
Speaking of winds, there will be a noticeable uptick in the winds howling around tonight. Nothing that is going to require an advisory by the NWS, but winds may be in the 20+ mph range off and on into the evening and parts of the night. This should help to dry out the region, as mentioned above.
Tuesday looks to be dry and breezy with the mercury in the thermometer rising close to or above 50° most locations. This will be the beginning of a very dry period for the area, with the exception of the Mountain Empire and some Southside locations on Wednesday.
Wednesday will see a bit of cloud cover most locations as an area of low pressure pushes south to the Commonwealth. This will be able to throw moisture our direction and may allow us to get some wintry mix precipitation in the mountains of Grayson county early Wednesday morning. Other locations will stay dry, but again, close to the Grayson county Highlands there may be a mix.
Thursday through the end of the week looks quiet and cool. Temps near 50 and lows near 30.
Stay alert today along the banks of swift moving creeks, rivers and streams. Remember, turn around…don’t drown.