The National Weather Service (NWS) in Blacksburg, Virginia, has issued a flood watch for several Virginia and West Virginia localities, including Wythe County.

According to the special weather statement, the federal agency cautioned that heavy rainfall is possible throughout the weekend.

“A weak front across the region will start to combine with the remnants of ‘Bill’ to produce periods of heavier showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon,” stated NWS in their Flash Flood Watch statement, adding, “As the core of this system passes over the mountains Saturday night, more widespread heavier rainfall along with embedded thunderstorms could occur. This may bring between 1 and 3 inches of rain with locally higher totals through early Sunday.”

According to weather officials, rounds of showers and thunderstorms may bring enough rainfall to cause creeks and streams to flood with flash flooding possible where the higher rainfall rates occur.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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