UPDATE: Wilkes County Schools are on a two-hour delay for Friday, Feb. 7.
UPDATE: At 11:53 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service upgraded a flash flood watch in effect for Wilkes County to a flash flood warning. This means flooding is imminent or occurring. At noon, there were reports of scattered flooding at some of the most flood prone areas in Wilkes. The National Weather Service said 2 to 3 inches of rain have already fallen in Wilkes and an additional inch or so more is possible over the next few hours.
Students in the Wilkes County Schools will be released from classes early today due to flood risks.
The school system announced late this morning that elementary and middle school students will be released at noon and high school students at 12:30 p.m. today.
At 6:54 a.m., the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, Va., announced that a flood watch is in effect for an area that includes Wilkes County through Friday morning.
The National Weather Service said, “An extended period of rainfall with high rainfall rates and thunderstorms today and tonight will create favorable conditions for flooding. Rainfall totals of 3 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts over 5 inches are possible along the Blue Ridge.”
It continued, “The ground will be saturated when thunderstorms are most likely. High rainfall rates inside of these storms could potentially create rapid water rises, especially in small creeks and streams, areas with poor drainage, and low lying areas.”