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Flooding risk high for Thursday; cool air funnels in allowing rain to switch to snow

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A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED FOR TAZEWELL COUNTY UNTIL 7:30 PM.

FLOOD WARNINGS ARE ISSUED FOR BUCHANAN, MCDOWELL, RALEIGH AND WYOMING COUNTIES UNTIL 7 PM THURSDAY.

A FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED FOR TAZEWELL COUNTY UNTIL 7:30 PM. The Clinch River has a flood stage of 10 feet. With the additional rainfall and past rainfall, there is a high chance this will surpass the flood stage.

FLOOD WARNING ARE ISSUED FOR BLAND, WYTHE, MERCER AND SUMMERS COUNTIES UNTIL 8:30 PM. Land slides, rock slides and flooding of low-lying bridges are possible.

TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN. CONTINUE TO MONITOR RIVERS, CREEK, AND STREAMS. AVOID AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

FLOOD WATCHES ARE ISSUED FOR ALL OF THE VIEWING AREA EXCLUDING POCAHONTAS COUNTY UNTIL FRIDAY.

All day showers with heavy downpours will be the topic of the day. Flooding is still the primary concern.

Winds will be gusty at times with some areas hitting roughly 25-35 MPH. With the saturated ground we could see some downed trees. Power outages may be an issue today and tomorrow. Gusts will be even stronger for Friday with gusts hitting around 30 MPH or higher.

We will have our last mild temperature day as highs will be in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Tonight we will witness temperatures plummet in the low-middle 30s. Highs tomorrow will settle in the middle 30s.

We still hold onto moisture overnight, but with the strong dip in temperatures we will start to notice for a few spots that rain will switch to mixing. Light snowfall is likely with times of spotty rain showers throughout our Friday. Snow showers will remain scattered into Saturday and should taper off by Sunday early afternoon. Highs throughout the weekend will flirt with seasonable in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

Accumulations are light, but a few inches will be spotted for the area. Main thing Friday night and Saturday night are slick roadways! Icy spots may develop.

The seasonable temperatures don't last too long. Looking ahead at next week we will see the 50s make a return and the rain showers still hanging around our area.

Catherine Maxwell

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