Shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood warning for Wilkes, Alleghany, Surry, Ashe and Yadkin counties, as well as Grayson County, Va.
The warning, which means flooding is imminent or occurring, is in effect through early Sunday morning.
“Some locations that will experience flooding” include North Wilkesboro, Wilkesboro and Elkin, among other, the NWS stated.
“Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. In hilly terrain, there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route,” the NWS stated.
Rainfall averaging 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, is expected to fall through Sunday.
The NWS said excessive rainfall over the warned area will cause mud slides near steep terrain.
Doppler radar indicated showers and a few thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warning area. Additional very heavy rain is expected heading into the early morning hours of Sunday. Flash flooding was expected to begin shortly.
The NWS asked that incidents of flooding and mudslides be reported to the agency by calling toll free at 1-866-215-4324. Reports and photos can also be shared on the National Weather Service Blacksburg Facebook page and on Twitter.