More winter woes

Freezing rain and cold birds in a previous winter storm.
Freezing rain and cold birds in a previous winter storm.

So much for any hoped-for improvements in our weather.

Those who ventured out early on Wednesday found a mixture of freezing rain and slick roads, particularly in the Southern reaches of Floyd County.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that, hopefully, expires at noon but slick roads and treacherous conditions existed for most of the morning.

But that’s not the end of it. A flood watch goes into effect at 10 pm tonight and is expected to continue until Thursday at 11 pm.

…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING… The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a * Flood Watch for portions of North Carolina and Virginia, including the following areas, in North Carolina, Alleghany NC, Ashe, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin. In Virginia, Alleghany VA, Amherst, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, and Wythe. * From this evening through Thursday morning * 1 to 2 inches of rain are expected. The highest amounts will be along the Blue Ridge. Much of the expected rainfall will runoff into local streams and creeks since the ground is frozen or still saturated from rainfall last weekend. * Small streams and creeks may overflow their banks. Areas of poor drainage will also be prone to flooding. Roads near streams and creeks. Tributaries of the Roanoke and Dan Rivers may also flood. These rivers may rise above action or flood stage Thursday or Friday. 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. &&

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…Flooding Possible Tonight and Thursday Morning… .A strong low pressure system over the Ohio Valley will move east today and will push a cold front through the Mid Atlantic region on Thursday. This system will produce widespread moderate to heavy rainfall tonight into Thursday morning.

Welcome back our friends until the winter troubles that never end.

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