UPDATE: Flash Flood Watch Extended Until Midnight for the NRV

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UPDATE: 4:46 p.m.

Blacksburg, VA - With more showers and storms still expected to move through the ABC 13 Viewing Area from the west, the National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Watch up for the New River Valley and the Mountain Empire until midnight.

A disturbance in the jet stream has yet to move through the area, and as long as the system is to our west, numerous showers and storms will continue across the region this weekend.

For more on the forecast, head to the ABC 13 Weather Center page.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton


UPDATE: 3:07 p.m.

Blacksburg, VA - Just as fast as our area broke out of a wet and unsettled pattern, more flooding is an ongoing issue into late Saturday.

Another dip in the jet stream has pulled moisture north across the area, and it's being rung out over the mountains and foothills today.

Already, the National Weather Service in Blacksburg is reporting that up to 2-4" of rain has fallen in southwest Virginia, mainly near Patrick, Grayson, and Carroll Counties.

More heavy rain has now moved east into Southside Virginia, parts of Central Virginia. Behind the main area of rain are scattered but heavy thunderstorms that may roam the area into the night ahead.

With the ground already saturated from the heavy rains that dominated much of the first part of July, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the southwest mountains and the New River Valley through 6 p.m. Saturday.

The heavier rain showers will continue to move from west to east, but in a very slow manner at times. It's possible that additional flash flooding may occur into Saturday night, depending on where the heavier bands of rain set up for the rest of the weekend.

As has been the case earlier in the month, the air is so moist, the rains that fall will be able to drop a lot of water in a very short amount of time.

It is extremely important to recognize the dangers involved with urban flooding (flooding of drainage pipes, or street flooding), flooding of creeks and streams, and flash flooding - where the water rises in a hurry.

Never attempt to drive across a flooded roadway. Many people who are killed in floods underestimate the depth of the water. It only takes several inches of fast-flowing water to knock you off of your feet. In a car, only one to two feet of water can carry away your car.

Another hidden danger: even if the water looks very shallow, there is no way of knowing if there is even a bridge or road underneath the water.

The unsettled weather will continue this weekend. For the very latest on the forecast, head over to the ABC 13 Weather Center.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton