The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia has issued a flash flood watch from Saturday morning through Monday evening.

The flash flood watch continues for portions of North Carolina including in Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.

The weather service reports heavy rain from Florence will lead to flash flooding across the area, especially by Saturday afternoon and evening into Monday. Five to 10 inches of rain are expected, with locally higher amounts of a foot or more possible along the Blue Ridge.

Life-threatening flash flooding may develop as heavy rain bands occur this weekend into Monday. Streams and creeks may rise quickly during heavy rain. Larger rivers eventually may rise to flood stage as well.

Rainfall of more than five inches in similar storms has been associated with an increased risk of landslides and rock slides. If you live on a mountainside or in a cove at the base of a mountain…especially near a stream…be ready to leave in advance of the storm or as quickly as possible should rising water…moving earth…or rocks threaten.

Consider postponing travel along mountain roads during the period of heavy rainfall.