Roanoke River Levels Dropping

Moderate to minor flooding of the Roanoke River continues this afternoon...

The Roanoke River remains above flood stage in many locations in the Roanoke Valley. Some good news water levels have crested and will continue to recede.

Travel near the Roanoke River remains affected by the flood waters, as some roads are still closed.

Substantial rises will occur at Smith Mountain Lake by late day. Roanoke River levels will remain high as waters flow beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway on their way to the Lake.

Independence Day turns partly sunny, warm and very humid, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Any storms that develop may contain heavy downpours, leading to more flash flooding. Highs in the mid 80s. The chance for storms drops after 7pm, down to about 20%, meaning most of the fireworks displays should be okay after sunset. Temperatures in the upper 70s around 9pm.

Friday and Saturday will be very warm and humid, with only isolated afternoon thunderstorms popping up, mainly along and west of the Blue Ridge. Another disturbance races by on Sunday, yielding a better chance at scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Hot weather is here early next week. Afternoon temperatures top out in the low to mid 90s.