UPDATE — 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 10:
The possibility for additional heavy rainfall with showers and storms has caused the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood watch over Ashe County, active until 9 p.m. Monday, June 10.
"Higher rainfall rates and very saturated soil conditions may lead to rapid runoff that could result in flash flooding," the NWS said. "Locations along the southern Blue Ridge that have seen excessive rainfall in the past couple of days will be the most susceptible to seeing flooding."
Showers and thunderstorms may produce an additional 1-2 inches of rainfall during the period of the flash flood watch, according to the NWS. Additionally, northwest winds gusting to 30 or 40 mph may cause trees to topple later tonight given the wet soil conditions, the NWS said.
The heavy rain may cause creeks and streams to leave their banks including rapid rises of flowing water in naturally low areas," the NWS said. "Isolated land slides could also occur given the saturated soils."
In the case of flooded roadways, turn around — do not drown.
As many as 148 Blue Ridge Energy customers in the Laurel Knob community of Ashe County were without power around 11 p.m. Sunday night, according to BRE. As of 9:30 a.m. Monday, that number is down to 4.
UPDATE — 10 p.m. Sunday, June 9:
"Another round of heavier showers and storms may cause flooding or flash flooding Monday into Monday evening," the NWS said. "Another flash flood watch may be needed."
Ashe Post & Times will provide weather updates if necessary.
ASHE COUNTY — A flood warning and flash flood watch are in effect over Ashe County through the evening of Sunday, June 9, with more flood-related advisories possible as rain continues its presence in the High Country forecast, according to the National Weather Service.
According to a NWS update at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, 2-5 inches of rain had fallen over Ashe County since midnight. Urban areas and small streams in Ashe County are under a flood watch until 5:30 p.m.
“The heavy rain will cause flooding,” the NWS said. “Numerous low water crossings have been flooded and roads were closed due to flooding along the South Fork of the New River.”
Neither NCDOT’s Traveler Information Management System nor drivenc.gov was up-to-date with weather-related road closures as of noon Sunday.
“Do not attempt to cross flooded roads,” the NWS said. “Find an alternate route.”
The rain is not expected to stop Sunday — a flash flood watch is in effect until 8 p.m., with another flash flood watch possible Monday, according to the NWS.
“Waves of heavy rain producing showers and isolated thunderstorms will move across the region today through early this evening,” the NWS said. “This rainfall will be locally enhanced by easterly flow into the Blue Ridge where an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain could fall in spots, with a few areas receiving over 5 inches.”
Mudslides are listed as a possible hazard of dangerous flash flooding, especially along smaller creeks and streams, according to the NWS.
“A cold front crossing the region Monday into Monday evening may bring another round of widespread showers and storms that could result in more flooding into Monday night,” the NWS said.
It has rained more June 8 and 9 than it did all of May, according to accumulated precipitation data recorded by a NWS cooperative observer located 2 miles east of Jefferson.
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