National Weather Service

The National Weather Service Office in Blacksburg, Va., provides forecasts for the Watauga County area. Use of this logo does not imply endorsement by the National Weather Service of Mountain Times Publications or its products.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of North Carolina and Virginia, including Watauga and Ashe counties, from noon Monday through the evening.

Showers and thunderstorms may produce added rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts possible along the southern Blue Ridge. This rainfall will likely fall in a rather short period and given high rainfall rates, flash flooding may result.

The heavy rain may cause creeks and streams to leave their banks including rapid rises of flowing water in naturally low areas. Isolated land slides could also occur given the saturated soils.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. Remember...TURN AROUND...DON'T DROWN!

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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