Roanoke, VA – Normally, rain showers with an occasional thunderstorm wouldn't be an issue for the area, but given the extreme amount of rainfall recently the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for parts of the area today.
The Flash Flood Watch covers most of the New River Valley and the Roanoke Valley, as well as Franklin and Bedford Counties through late Saturday night.
For the past three weeks, Virginia has been caught in between a stubborn weather pattern, with a strong area of high pressure to our east, and an active jet stream pulling up moisture from the south.
Very humid air helped thunderstorms dump several inches of rain in just a shower amount of time, flooding out roads, causing mudslides, evacuations and water rescues from Roanoke to Lynchburg.
Saturday's rain will generally be light to moderate, put given the very moist and saturated ground, it will only take one or two heavier showers or storms to raise water levels where it rains the heaviest.
In South Boston, the Dan River is experiencing minor flooding. Flood stage is 19 feet, and the latest observations show the stage at 22.6 feet. The river is expected to remain above flood stage through Sunday morning before receding.
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