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Ashe declared in state of emergency during yesterday's flooding

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Flood waters are beginning to recede and are expected to do so throughout the day; however, drivers are urged to be cautious driving today. Some areas which saw flooding last night are seeing the residual water from the flooding as ice this morning. Debris is also covering highways in different locations around the county.



Updated Forecast

(From the National Weather Service)


Thursday, Jan. 31

Mostly cloudy with a high near 30. Breezy with a west wind around 22 mph. Gusts may be as high as 40 mph.

 

Thursday night, Jan. 31

A chance of snow showers mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy with a low around 16. Breezy with a west wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch.

 

Friday, Feb. 1

Chance of snow showers, mainly before 10 a.m. Mostly sunny with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -2. Breezy with a west wind 18 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 39. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.


Friday night, Feb. 1

Mostly clear with a low around 15. West wind 7 to 13 mph.


Saturday, Feb. 2

A chance of snow showers before 3 p.m. then a chance of rain and snow showers between 3 and 4 p.m. Then a chance of rain showers after 4 p.m. Partly sunny with a high near 37. Southwest wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

 

Saturday night, Feb. 2

A chance of rain and snow showers before 7 p.m., then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. 

Originally published: Jan. 30, 2013
Last modified: Jan. 31, 2013

Heather Canter

Ashe County was declared in a state of emergency yesterday and Ashe County Emergency Management opened a shelter at Mountain View Elementary School.


After rains that were extremely heavy at times, streams, creeks and rivers overflowed their banks resulting in serious flooding. Reports came in from all over the county of motorists being stranded in flooded areas when their car stalled in the deep waters that were covering roadways and parking lots.


A Hazardous Weather Outlook was issued last night by the National Weather Service of Blacksburg, Va. A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. today. The NWS said winds would begin diminishing somewhat this afternoon. 

The Flash Flood Watch is still in effect until 2:15 p.m. today. The NWS said flooding is continuing along the Watauga River and the New River and locations along these rivers are still being impacted by high water. 

"The Watauga River is receding and should continue to recede through the day. Flood waters are working their way down the New River and flooding will continue especially downstream into the state of Virginia," read a statement from NWS. 


Area residents are asked to stay off the roads unless it is an emergency. Reports of trees down across highways, mud slides and flooded roads make driving extremely treacherous.

 

Area Schools

Ashe and Alleghany County Schools are closed for students and staff today and the day will be used as an annual leave day for staff.

Watauga County Schools, after previously being on a two-hour delay, made the decision to close for the day as well. It is an optional teacher workday.


Two Rivers Community School in Boone had also planned a two-hour delay, but decided to close today for staff and students.


The Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College closed for the day.



 

 

 

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