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Flooding due to runoff possible into Thursday night; turning colder & windy with snow showers by Friday morning

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A front continues to move through this evening, and with that being said, widespread rainfall will continue on and off into tonight. Though we won't see quite as many of the heavier downpours tonight that we experienced earlier in the day, the FLOOD THREAT will continue due to any lighter rainfall and runoff that is still flowing from tributaries into the rivers. Rain will change snow into early Friday, as temps drop quickly overnight- the frontal boundary that's been wreaking havoc on the eastern US will move toward the Atlantic tonight, but colder air will surge in for the weekend.

THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING/FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY HAS EXPIRED for Tazewell county, however a prolonged AREAL FLOOD WARNING will continue for this area through at least Friday. Though not as much rainfall as earlier is expected into tonight and into tomorrow, the Clinch River, Bluestone River, and Holston river are all at flood stage or above, and the water levels won't fall until Friday night-Saturday due to runoff. Evacuations have already taken place, as well as swift water rescues in Richlands and other parts of Tazewell county this evening. SEE WARNING HERE

A FLOOD WARNING WILL CONTINUE into Friday for Summers, Bland, Wythe, and Mercer counties. SEE WARNING HERE

A FLOOD WARNING WILL CONTINUE into Friday FOR RALEIGH, WYOMING, MCDOWELL AND BUCHANAN COUNTIES. See WARNING HERE

A FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR MERCER, TAZEWELL, GILES, WYTHE, BLAND, GREENBRIER, SUMMERS, and MONROE counties through FRIDAY. See watch here

Rain will gradually change to snow by Friday morning. Temps will plummet into the 30s by sunrise Friday as colder air surges in behind the departing frontal boundary.

Along our western facing slopes, 1-3" of snow could fall throughout the day Friday, mainly on the grass to start. The heaviest snow will fall Friday morning, then we can expected scattered and lighter snow showers throughout the course of the day. Locally higher amounts will be possible, especially at high elevations like Western Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties. East of I-77, less snow is expected because of downsloping winds (which allow for drier and warmer air on the eastern side of the mountains).

Slick spots will still be possible, and as temperatures fall again into the 20s Friday night, black ice due to frozen rain-water will also be likely.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Northwest Pocahontas, Southeast Raleigh and SoutheastFayette counties from 4AM Friday until 7PM Friday. See advisory here. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Wyoming, McDowell, Buchanan, Northwest Raleigh, Northwest Fayette, and southeast Pocahontas counties from 4AM to 1PM Friday. See advisory here

WIND will be another issued into Friday. With gusts at times over 30 MPH out of the northwest, and the saturated soil, sporadic downed trees and power loss will be possible through the day.

A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR Giles, Wythe, Bland, Tazewell, Greenbrier, and Summers counties through Friday. See advisory here.

Be careful! Another system could bring additional spotty/light snow into Saturday. Stay tuned!

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

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