The next few days are shaping up for a sloppy encore to the snow and rains that swamped the county over the weekend. Weather conditions similar to the storm that hit our area are in place again and could offer a repeat of snow, rain and flooding over the next few days.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from 12:00 pm est today through Thursday evening. Periods of moderate to heavy rain will move into the region ahead of a cold front this afternoon into Thursday. By the time the front clears the area Thursday evening up to 3 inches of rain will be possible.
The NWS says that the forecasted rainfall amounts likely will cause flooding of low lying areas as well as cause small streams and creeks to rise out of their banks. The runoff would then create significant rises on area rivers.
Levels on the Shenandoah River are already elevated due to the nearly two inches of rain followed by snowfall received on Sunday night.
Although metrological spring occurred on March 1st, sleet is in today’s forecast with snow predicted for Thursday night.
Motorists are urged to slow down if foul weather conditions occur.
The National Weather Service Forecast for Berryville, Virginia:
Today: A chance of rain, snow, and sleet before noon, then rain. High near 44. Southeast wind between 8 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Tonight: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 44. Southeast wind between 11 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Thursday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 54. Southeast wind 5 to 14 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Thursday Night: A chance of rain before 1am, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.