Friday, April 19, 2024

Flood watch issued for Greater Williamsburg as more rain moves into area

Coastal flooding is of increasing concern to communities in Virginia and around the nation. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Patrick Lynch.)
Coastal flooding is of increasing concern to communities in Virginia and around the nation. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Patrick Lynch.)

Even more rain is on the way.

The National Weather Service’s Wakefield office issued a flood watch for Greater Williamsburg and much of eastern Virginia Friday afternoon. The watch is in effect through Saturday afternoon.

NWS meteorologist Brendan Schaper said there was a boundary of rain clouds forming to the southwest of Greater Williamsburg around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Once they move in around 9 p.m., they could drop between two and five inches of rain on the region overnight and into Saturday morning.

“It doesn’t show much moving over night,” Schaper said of the weather models. “It’s going to exacerbate any current flooding concerns that are ongoing.”

After a rainy week, he said additional rainfall could cause roads to puddle and streams and creeks to overflow. He cautioned drivers to “turn around, don’t drown” if they see water accumulating on roads.

Schaper added flash flooding could not be ruled out.

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