UPDATE: High Water Still a Concern into Wed. Night

UPDATE: 5:21 p.m.

Lynchburg, VA - Flooding from heavy storms over parts of the area closed some roads earlier Tuesday. The threat for heavy rain continues into Wednesday Night.

Additional areas of very heavy rain have produced isolated flooding in the mountains today. Depending on where the heaviest rain falls into the evening, flooding is still possible in Lynchburg, Southside, and Roanoke.

The ground is so wet in some areas that trees are falling over. Several ABC 13 viewers report trees down in their yards.

A Flash Flood Watch continues for western sections of the ABC 13 Viewing area through early evening.

Showers and isolated thunderstorms remain likely Wednesday. Areas of steady rain are moving through the area already.

Parts of the Roanoke Valley picked up between one and four inches of rain Tuesday.

"Any storms that develop could produce heavy downpours, which may lead to some flooding. Look for more clouds than sun and continued very high humidity," said ABC 13 Meteorologist Matt Ferguson. "Tonight thundershowers are possible, otherwise mostly cloudy and muggy. Lows near 70."

The weather pattern that has supplied the area with so much rain and moisture will be shifting some as we head into the weekend, allowing for drier air and more sunshine.

"Independence Day turns partly sunny and warmer. Scattered thunderstorms are possible, however the coverage will be less than the last few days," Ferguson said. "Fireworks weather Thursday evening looks partly cloudy, with a 20% chance of a thunderstorm. Temperatures in the upper 70s."

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

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton


Cover photo: Keith Jackson, Floyd Co.

Lynchburg, VA - Areas of heavy rainfall quickly led to high water in the Roanoke and New River Valleys Tuesday evening. In Lynchburg, heavy rain also caused ponding of water on some roads.

As the moist fetch of air continues to move over us, there will be additional areas of heavy rain into Wednesday.

Various computer models into the ABC 13 Weather Center show new clusters of heavy rain and storms developing into Wednesday. As mentioned before, the rain will come in waves, rather than a continuous rain. It's the higher rates of rainfall over isolated areas that may cause flooding problems into Wednesday.

A Flash Flood Watch covers most of the ABC 13 Viewing Area through Wednesday.

With the ground already saturated from up to 1-4" of rain Tuesday, any additional rainfall will likely cause fairly serious flooding concerns in spots, depending on where the heaviest bands of rain set up.

This is an ongoing weather situation. Stay with the ABC 13 Weather Experts for the latest on the forecast.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton


UPDATED: 5:28 p.m. Tuesday

Lynchburg, VA - Heavy bands of rain continue to form over Lynchburg City. Other areas of heavy rain are moving across Southwest Virginia, into the Roanoke Valley and across Southside Virginia.

As the torrential downpours continue, expect localized flooding in spots into the evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the greater Lynchburg, Southside, Roanoke, and New River Valley areas though late Tuesday night.

While it will not be raining the entire time, and over the entire area, a quick 1-3" of rain is possible where the storms develop Tuesday and again on Wednesday.

The humidity remains very high, as the jet stream continues to pump moisture-rich air into the area from the Gulf of Mexico. It's the high humidity that will allow for any storms to be very efficient rainfall producers.

Areas of rain from the south will be monitored closely into Wednesday. When and exactly where the heaviest storms develop will be random. Underneath any storms, however, prolonged heavy downpours are expected in isolated areas.

"Today and Wednesday the combination of tropical moisture and small disturbances results in continued scattered showers and thunderstorms," said ABC 13 Meteorologist Matt Ferguson. "Some storms will contain heavy downpours, which could produce flash flooding. While we will have plenty of clouds, expect some breaks of sunshine. Highs in the low to mid 80s."

As the week progresses and the July 4 Holiday nears, the main belt of moisture will start to move back to our west, lessening the rain chances somewhat.

"Independence Day will be partly sunny, warm and humid, with hit or miss thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Friday into the upcoming weekend turns drier and sunnier. Afternoon temperatures increase, as highs top out in the upper 80s to lower 90s," Ferguson said.

For more on the forecast, including forecast discussions and updated weather maps, head to the ABC 13 Weather Center.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton


Lynchburg, VA - After an already wet spring and unsettled start to summer, a pattern that favors even more rain is setting up over the ABC 13 Viewing Area this week.

For the month of June, the Lynchburg airport has measured 5.80" of rain, which is 2.29" above normal for the month. For the year, Lynchburg has had 26.24" of precipitation, which is 6.04" above normal.

The wet trend looks to continue Monday into Tuesday, and possibly into Wednesday.

The jet stream is diving south, holding the extreme heat we had last year to the Western US. While on our side of the country, a huge dip in the jet stream flow will allow for tropical, Gulf of Mexico moisture to linger over the area.

Each day this week will bring with it a chance of seeing showers and thunderstorms. The concern, however, is the amount of moisture the storms will have to work with.

While it won't rain the entire time over the whole area, locations that do see rain and storms could see several inches in a short amount of time, which could lead to isolated flooding issues.

"It looks like the pattern may start to break down heading into the Independence Day Holiday on Thursday," said ABC 13 Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases, "but right now we are still carrying a 40% chance of storms for that day."

For the very latest on the forecast, head over to the ABC 13 Weather Experts page.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton