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Several areas expecting heavy rains from Michael, school closings in effect

WSET

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- For Thursday, increasing heavy and steady rain is expected as we progress through the afternoon. The rain comes from the effects of Hurricane Michael.

This will cause flash flooding and ponding of water on the roadways. Remember, never drive through a flooded roadway.

Due to the weather predictions, several schools are closed or will be closing early.

Keep an eye on streams and creeks, too. They will be on the rise, if not Thursday, then by tonight and Friday.

Winds will also be a problem as we make our way into the second half of the day, lasting into Thursday night.

The worst of our weather today will occur between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., with highs in the middle 70s.

Most places will pick up between 1-3" inches of rain, with Southside picking up 3-7". The heaviest and steadiest of the rain looks to fall between noon and 5 p.m. This will impact the evening commute, so please use caution making your way home.

Winds will increase after lunch. Look for winds to gust between 35-40 mph in some spots.

Higher gusts will be possible along the Southside and the Ridges. Winds will continue to be gusty overnight after the rain ends.

Anytime you have a land falling tropical system, you run the risk of spin-up tornadoes. While the risk isn't zero here, it is fairly low as we are on the west side of the storm. The threat does increase as you make your way south and east of our viewing area.

Rain will end Thursday night and skies will clear. Winds will still be breezy however. Lows Thursday night will be near 50.

Friday is breezy, but sunny. The breezes eventually fade as we make our way through the day.

Football Friday looks great, even a little cool! The upcoming weekend will be very fall like.

About time, right?

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