UPDATE: More Heavy Storms Aggravate Flooding
UPDATE: Tuesday 3:44 p.m.
Lynchburg, VA - A stubborn and slow-moving rain maker is still producing widespread heavy rain and storms across the ABC 13 Viewing Area Tuesday.
VDOT reports multiple road closures throughout the area, and the National Weather Service reported a mudslide earlier in Bedford County. For the latest road conditions, click here.
Until the low pressure area responsible for the wet weather moves to our north (Wednesday Evening), we will continue to see heavy rain blossom in the moist air over us now.
A Flood Watch remains in effect for a good portion of the ABC 13 Viewing area into the evening. Flash Flood Warnings have also been issued for Henry and Patrick Counties.
Hardest hit earlier today were the Alleghany Highlands, parts of the New River Valley, and Bedford, Amherst, and Nelson Counties.
Viewers have been sending us pictures of the flooding all day. If you have a picture you would like us to use on air of the flooding, send it to: email@example.com
Additional heavy rain will only add to the flooding problems.
NEVER cross a flooded roadway. The water may be deeper than you think, or the road may simply not even be there at all.
Area rivers will have to be watched into the night and Wednesday as many are either at bank full or forecast to climb out of their banks with time.
For more information on the flooding and the forecast, head over to the ABC 13 Weather Experts page.
- ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton
UPDATE: Tuesday 12:53 p.m.
Lynchburg, VA - Very slow-moving bands of heavy rain and storms have dumped over 2-4 inches of rain in many areas, flooding out roadways, and increasing the threat for mudslides in the hardest hit areas.
Many of our viewers are sending in pictures of flooding, and you can too if it is safe. ( Send flooding pics to firstname.lastname@example.org to be used on air ).
VDOT is reporting many roads flooded from the heavy rain. For an up to the minute look at road conditions, click here.
The areas of rain and heavy storms are popping up at random, so areas underneath the downpours will see flooding develop quickly, while other areas may remain dry.
It's not only smaller streams and creeks that are flooding. Area rivers including the New River, the Roanoke River / Staunton River, and other rivers in the Alleghany Highlands are jumping their banks today in low lying areas.
The trend today will be for more rain and heavy downpours with storms to form and move over the same areas that had heavy rain Monday and Monday Night.
The rain is part of an energetic upper level closed low to our south. The flow around the low is bringing in lots of moisture from the east and southeast and ringing that moisture out against the mountains. Because the low is closed, it's not moving very fast at all.
The Flood Watch continues through this evening, and there are numerous Flood Warnings and Flood Advisories in effect.
If you live in a flood prone area, remember NEVER drive across a flooded roadway. Turn around, don't drown!
Stay with the ABC 13 Weather Experts for the latest on this developing weather situation.
- ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton
Roanoke, VA - A good part of the ABC 13 Viewing area is under a Flood Watch through Monday Night. Up to 2-4" of rain is expected, with the highest amounts right along the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A closed area of low pressure, basically a rotating area of moisture, is moving toward the area from the south. Because the low is closed, it essentially has it's own jet stream blowing counter-clockwise around it. This will make for a very slow-moving system, and a prolonged period of moderate to heavy rain across our area.
As the moisture hits the Blue Ridge Mountains from the southeast and east, it will run into the mountains, helping to ring out even more moisture. The higher 4" amounts (locally higher) are expected near the Blue Ridge. Remaining areas should get 1-3" of rain.
Still, the Flood Watch indicates the possibility of creek, stream, and even river flooding, but not flash flooding, as the rain will be falling over a longer period of time.
"Streams, creeks, and river levels will have to be monitored as this heavy rain event unfolds," said ABC 13 Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases. "Those living in areas prone to flooding, especially those already under a Flood Watch, need to be extra mindful of the weather over the coming one to three days."
The rain will be heaviest Monday into Monday Night. Then as the low moves north, parts of our area may get into a slow-moving, but heavy area of rain on the low's west side. This area of rain is what the ABC 13 Weather Experts are watching for Tuesday.
As of this writing, the Flood Watch includes the counties of: Bedford, Rockbridge, Franklin, Roanoke, Craig, Patrick, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Carroll, Pulaski, Tazewell, Wythe, Grayson, and Bland.
-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton