First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, storms causing flooding/school delays & closures this AM

Rain totals are around 2-4″ for most this AM, with more rain to come.

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, storms causing flooding/school delays & closures this AM
More bands of heavy rain are expect through this morning and afternoon, consistently increasing these totals. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - 7:00am Thursday UPDATE: Multiple school closures and delays due to inclement weather. Check to see if your district has been impacted!

Street flooding is likely during your Thursday morning commute! Expect a few more periods of heavy rainfall THROUGH 9am, after that the rain chances begin to dip but won’t go away entirely. Scattered showers will continue through the afternoon as the front tries to move offshore.

More bands of heavy rain are expect through this morning and afternoon, consistently increasing these totals.
More bands of heavy rain are expect through this morning and afternoon, consistently increasing these totals. (Source: NBC12)

Places north and west of town have seen the most rain over the past 24 hours but totals will continue to rise through the next few hours.

To cover the ongoing flood threat, the NWS has issued an Areal Flood Warning for places north and west of Henrico. Although the heaviest of the rain should pass by 9am, runoff could continue to pose a flooding risk all day.

Low-lying areas, roadways, and waterways could see ongoing flooding today.
Low-lying areas, roadways, and waterways could see ongoing flooding today. (Source: NBC12)

The National Weather Service has also issued a Flash Flood Watch through 6pm this evening. 2-4″ of rain has fallen in most areas with localized places like Caroline County seeing ~6 inches. Creeks and streams could jump out of their banks, causing moving water to overtake roadways and other low-lying areas.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of central and southern Virginia.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of central and southern Virginia. (Source: NBC12)

Moderate flood stage has been reached for most of the rivers in the orange warning boxes. Expect the water levels to continue to rise as rain filters downstream through the next couple of days.

The James River, in particular, is expected to crest at 19 feet tomorrow- this could be the highest its been in years.

Multiple rivers will reach/have reached flood stage this AM.
Multiple rivers will reach/have reached flood stage this AM. (Source: NBC12)

The risk for severe storms is low because there will be little instability (fuel) for storms.

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