Current Watches and Warnings
North Carolina, Ashe
Areal Flood Watch
Statement as of 4:21 AM EST on December 01, 2015
Expires 7:00 PM EST on December 02, 2015
... Flood Watch remains in effect from this evening through
The Flood Watch continues for
* portions of North Carolina and southwest Virginia... including
the following areas... in North Carolina... Alleghany NC...
Ashe... Stokes... Surry... Watauga... Wilkes and Yadkin. In
southwest Virginia... Bland... Carroll... Floyd... Grayson...
Montgomery... Patrick... Pulaski... Smyth... Tazewell and Wythe.
* From this evening through Wednesday evening
* periods of rain will be heavy at times Tuesday night... and
especially Wednesday morning... and bring another 2 to locally 3
inches of rainfall to areas already saturated from earlier
* Small streams and creeks may rise above bankfull. Low water
crossing and poor draining areas in urban locations may be
flooded. At this time no flooding is expected along mainstem
rivers... however... tributaries that feed into the Yadkin
River... the headwaters of the New River... and the upper Dan
River may experience flooding.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be
alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to
flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding
Statement as of 1:22 AM EST on December 01, 2015
... Record daily rainfall set at Danville Virginia...
1.03 inches of rain fell at Danville yesterday... which is a new
record for the date. The old record was 0.80 inches set in 1978.
Records at Danville go back to 1948.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 7:00 AM EST on December 01, 2015
Governor Terry mcauliffe has declared the week of November 29
to December 5... 2015 as winter preparedness week in Virginia. The
National Weather Service /NWS/ offices serving Virginia... in
cooperation with the Virginia department of emergency
management... will send public information statements each day
These statements will focus on different aspects of winter weather
in the mid Atlantic region... and preparedness actions the public
should take for the upcoming winter season.
Today's topic - heavy snow.
A series of winter storms in mid to late February of 2015 brought
several inches of snow to western Virginia.
The winter of 2009-10 reminded residents of the mid Atlantic region
that it can still snow heavily multiple times during the winter
season. Starting with the December 18th to 19th storm... and ending
in mid February... nearly half a dozen snowstorms affected the mid
Storm systems intensifying rapidly along the eastern Seaboard during
the colder months of the year are usually responsible for producing
most of the heavy snows in Virginia. These systems... called
nor'easters... can also produce strong winds which may result in
blizzard conditions and huge snow drifts.
Heavy snow tends to occur 100 to 150 miles to the northwest of the
track of the surface low. Snow amounts well in excess of 30 inches
have occurred with nor'easters in Virginia. In addition... strong
winds and very cold temperatures in this same area can result in
blizzard or near blizzard conditions... dangerous wind chill
values... and have resulted in snow drifts up to 12 feet high.
The exact track the surface low pressure takes and how much cold air
is in place ahead of the system... determines if and where heavy snow
will occur. Given that cold air is in place... a surface low that
travels a hundred miles or so off the coast can produce some snow in
the central portion of the state... with the potential for heavy snow
confined to the eastern portions of the state. If the surface low
travels along the coast or slightly inland... heavy snow is most
likely in the northwestern one-third of Virginia.
If the amount of cold air in place is marginal for snow... it is
possible that heavy wet snow could occur in the higher elevations
with just a cold rain in the lower elevations.
Heavy snow is capable of bringing down tree limbs and power lines
which may result in power outages. In rare instances... heavy snow
may result in the collapse of roofs of buildings and homes.
In addition... heavy snow may result in snow covered or ice covered
roads. This typically leads to vehicle accidents and potentially
major traffic jams. If there is enough heavy snow and/or wind...
some roads may be closed and other roads may only be successfully
traversed by 4 wheel drive vehicles.
Being prepared means making good decisions based on information
contained in outlooks... watches... warnings... advisories... other
statements and forecasts from the National Weather Service. The key
is to know what to do in advance. If a winter storm like what
occurred in December 2009 was predicted to hit our area in two
days... what would you do between now and when the storm arrives to
get ready? You should make sure you have enough food... water and
medication for several days. You also need to be prepared for the
loss of power and/or heat. More on winter preparedness for the home
in friday's statement.
Additional information on winter weather preparedness can be
obtained on-line through the Virginia department of emergency
management home Page at:
- Alabama - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Watch , Dense Fog Advisory , Record Report
- Alaska - Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
- Arizona - Freeze Warning , Special Statement
- Arkansas - Flood Warning
- California - High Surf Advisory , High Wind Watch , Frost Advisory , Freeze Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Colorado - Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
- Connecticut - Freezing Rain Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Florida - Dense Fog Advisory , Beach Hazard Statement , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Georgia - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Watch , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement , Hydrologic Statement , Public Information Statement
- Idaho - Air Stagnation Advisory , Record Report
- Illinois - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory
- Iowa - Winter Weather Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Kansas - Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Louisiana - Flood Warning
- Maine - Freezing Rain Advisory
- Massachusetts - Freezing Rain Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Michigan - Special Statement
- Minnesota - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Mississippi - Flood Warning
- Missouri - Flood Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Nebraska - Winter Weather Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Nevada - Air Quality Alert
- New Hampshire - Freezing Rain Advisory
- New York - Freezing Rain Advisory , Public Information Statement
- North Carolina - Areal Flood Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- North Dakota - Winter Weather Advisory
- Oklahoma - Flood Warning , Freezing Fog Advisory
- Oregon - High Wind Watch , Ice Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Air Stagnation Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Rhode Island - Public Information Statement
- South Carolina - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Watch , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- South Dakota - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Record Report
- Tennessee - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Watch , Hydrologic Statement , Record Report
- Texas - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Freezing Fog Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory
- Utah - Public Information Statement
- Virginia - Areal Flood Watch , Hydrologic Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Washington - Ice Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Air Stagnation Advisory , Record Report
- West Virginia - Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Wisconsin - Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
- Wyoming - High Wind Warning , Special Statement