New River Flooding Lansing

After heavy rains, Luke Rupard, a volunteer with New River Fire and Rescue, stops traffic on Silas Creek Road in Lansing on Feb. 23 as the North Fork New River floods onto the roadway. Rupard said that he typically only sees this type of flooding following a hurricane.

ASHE COUNTY — Following a record-setting wet 2018, rain, snow and more rain continued through January and February 2019, making February the wettest in more than two decades, according to National Weather Service data.

About 6.56 inches of downpour fell upon Ashe County in February 2019, making it the wettest February in the county since 1998, when about 7.69 inches fell on Ashe, according to an average taken using NWS data recorded by two cooperative observers: one in Transou along N.C. 88 near Glendale Springs, and another observer two miles east of Jefferson.

Ashe County received an average of 10.73 inches of precipitation in January and February 2019, according to NWS data from Ashe’s two observers. In January and February 2018, the same NWS observer locations received an average of 7.74 inches of precipitation — about 3 inches less than this year.

More than 6 feet of precipitation fell on Ashe County in 2018 — 79.43 inches, to be exact, making it the wettest year on record, according to the NWS. Check www.ashepostandtimes.com for up-to-date information on local weather.

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