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One Last Round of Rain into Tonight, Flash Flood Watch Issued - abc27 WHTM

One Last Round of Rain into Tonight, Flash Flood Watch Issued

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One of the many computer models into the ABC 13 Weather Center shows a wave of moisture moving from SE to the NW Saturday night. One of the many computer models into the ABC 13 Weather Center shows a wave of moisture moving from SE to the NW Saturday night.

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.

Areas of rain showers are expected into the afternoon, with some computer models actually keeping the weather relatively quiet until later tonight, when heavier rains in North Carolina are possible around sunset through around midnight.

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.

For the latest river levels, click here.

The good news is Saturday appears to be the last day of flooding concerns for the area.

Dry air and high pressure will finally get a chance to move in for Sunday, with a dome of heat and sunshine by the middle of the week.

For the very latest on the forecast, head over to the ABC 13 Weather Center.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton

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