Flooding Rain Pelts Mid-Atlantic, Shenandoah Valley
UPDATED 9:15 PM EDT, May 7, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier
A slow-moving storm system continues to bring rounds of downpours into the Mid-Atlantic this evening which have caused flooding concerns in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Although not as heavy as the downpours soaking the Mid-Atlantic today, rain will expand into New England during the midweek.
The storm's counterclockwise rotation is pulling plenty of moisture off the Atlantic Ocean and depositing it in heavy bands along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge and Appalachians this evening. Some of the highest totals so far today include Big Meadows Visitor Center in the Shenandoah National Park of where 4.26 inches has fallen. Meanwhile, 2.83 inches of rain has deluged Stanardsville, Va., while 2.80 inches has soaked Wintergreen, Va. The rain has been enough to cause flooding on secondary roads in northern Virginia.
Flood Watches and scattered Flood Warnings continue from northwestern North Carolina into northern Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, where 2 to 4 inches will cause small streams and creeks to overflow their banks onto adjacent roadways. Remember, if you approach a flooded roadway, don`t attempt to cross it as the water is likely deeper than it appears. Remember, it is best to, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown!"
The low pressure will swirl north into the Mid-Atlantic with its outer rain bands swinging into New England on Wednesday. Rainfall won`t be as heavy as it is today in Virginia, with totals reaching 1 inch for places like Philadelphia, Syracuse, N.Y., New York City and Boston.
Additional showers will amount to a half-inch or less in the already saturated Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday. The Northeast will continue to see soggy weather into Thursday but rain amounts will be more of a nuisance than anything.
The silver lining to all the rain is that it will help alleviate the growing rainfall deficits
in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
A few daily rainfall records were set Monday as the storm tracked across southern Virginia. Lynchburg got 1.82 inches, breaking the former record for May 6 of 1.32 inches. Danville saw 1.58 inches, which blew away the daily rainfall record of 1.45 inches set in 1989.
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