Flood warning, wind advisory for the area

Mother Nature is not in a Christmas mood.

Flood warning through 4 p.m. Friday and then a wind advisory kicks in at 6 p.m. and extends to noon on Saturday.

Batten down the hatches.

The latest from the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg:

Action Recommended: Avoid the subject event as per the instructions

Issued by: Roanoke/Blacksburg – VA, US, National Weather Service,

…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON… The Flood Watch continues for * Portions of North Carolina, Virginia, and southeast West Virginia, including the following areas, in North Carolina, Alleghany NC, Ashe, Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin. In Virginia, Alleghany VA, Amherst, Appomattox, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Buckingham, Campbell, Carroll, Charlotte, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Halifax, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Rockbridge. In southeast West Virginia, Eastern Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers, and Western Greenbrier. * Through this afternoon * Another round of one-half to one inch of additional rain will fall on saturated soils through this afternoon. * Runoff from this rain could cause additional small stream and smaller river flooding, as well as some urban flooding. In addition, larger rivers will flood, mainly the Dan and lower Roanoke rivers. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. If and when it is safe to do so, you are encouraged to report flooding to the National Weather Service via email at rnk.skywarn@noaa.gov… through Facebook or Twitter…or by calling 1…8 6 6…2 1 5… 4 3 2 4. Pictures are greatly appreciated. &&

Action Recommended: Execute a pre-planned activity identified in the instructions

Issued by: Roanoke/Blacksburg – VA, US, National Weather Service,

Wind Advisory

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST SATURDAY… The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to noon EST Saturday. * Winds…West 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Timing…This evening through Saturday morning. * Impacts…Downed trees and power lines possible. * Locations…Areas along and west of the crest of the Blue Ridge from Sparta, North Carolina northeast to Lexington, Virginia. * Hazards…Very gusty winds. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 MPH or gusts will range between 46 and 57 MPH. Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use extra caution until the winds subside. &&

More Information

…Very Gusty and Damaging Winds Expected Late This Afternoon Through Early Saturday… .Low pressure will pass east of the region this afternoon. At this point, winds will start increasing from the northwest and become very gusty. The combination of these very gusty winds and very wet or saturated soil conditions will allow for trees to be easily toppled. As colder air rushes into the area expect some snow showers with light accumulations.

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