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Flooding possible through late week, turning colder again by the weekend

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Rounds of rain will continue to keep us company tonight, as a slow moving frontal boundary treks across the region. Waves of low pressure along this boundary will keep the wet weather with us well into Thursday. With the repeated rainfall, and occasional locally heavy downpours, FLOODING of small creeks/streams, low lying areas, and poor drainage areas will be possible over the next few days. Tonight will otherwise be cloudy and foggy in-between showers, and temps should stay mild with the deep southerly flow. Lows will bottom out in the upper 40s/low 50s.

A FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell, Buchanan, and Fayette counties from 7 PM Wednesday until 7 AM Friday. See watch here. A FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Mercer, Tazewell, Bland, Wythe, Giles, Greenbrier, Summers, and Monroe counties from 12 AM Thursday until 12PM Friday. See watch here .

Thursday will bring a last milder day with highs in the upper 50s/low 60s. We will be soggy all day though, with more rounds of on and off rain. A few rumbles of thunder will be possible across our area tomorrow, but the risk for any severe t-storms should stay to our south and east, mainly well east of I-81. Nevertheless, occasionally gusty winds in the 25-35 mph range will still be capable of bringing down trees and causing localized power outages, especially because of the wet ground.

By Thursday evening, the front will be moving out of the area, but colder air will then surge in behind the departing system in time for the weekend. Low temps will drop into the low 30s Thursday night, and any lingering moisture will fall in the form of sct'd snow showers (occasionally mixing with rain) through the day Friday.

As of now, snow amounts are looking light. However, more snow showers look to form with another disturbance on Saturday, so by Sunday morning, we could have at least a few inches here and there. Slick roads will be possible at times through this weekend. Stay tuned!

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

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