Heavy rains headed to Shenandoah Valley, area under flash flood watch

WeatherBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Shenandoah Valley residents are paying attention to the weather forecast for the next 24 hours, even joking about needing umbrellas — if not boats — to get around in the heavy rain that is expected to begin this afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Shenandoah Valley and beyond effective from 2:00 p.m. Thursday through Friday afternoon. Showers and scattered thunderstorms with periods of heavy rain are expected to develop with the heaviest rainfall late Thursday into Friday morning with 2-4 inches of rain possible especially in urban areas and along small rivers and streams.

There is a fog alert this morning on Afton Mountain so careful travels in that area. Today’s high temperature is expected to be 75 degrees and muggy as the slow-moving cold front settles over the area. “Flash Flood Warning” means conditions could develop that lead to a “flash flood warning,” dangerous conditions that can develop quickly especially in mountainous areas. Be safe out there!

Credit: WHSV TV-3 weather map

 

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