Heavy rainfalls expected this afternoon

Published 12:41 pm Thursday, July 23, 2015

A storm system building to the west is expected to arrive in Elizabethton this afternoon and bring with it the potential for heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding.
According to forecasters with the National Weather Service office in Morristown, a stationary boundary sat along the Tennessee-Kentucky-Virginia border today.
“We are expecting quite a bit of rainfall,” Meteorologist Doug Schneider said. “We are not expecting any severe weather, just heavy rainfall and maybe a few lightning strikes.”
The weather system has the potential to dump up to four inches of rainfall across the area as it moves through, according to the forecast. With that much rainfall, flash flooding is a hazard, especially in low-lying areas and around streams and rivers.
Rain is expected to continue through the evening hours and into tonight before clearing away after midnight, Schneider said.
“Then tomorrow is supposed to be nice,” he added.
Friday’s forecast call for a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms in the early morning hours, mainly before 8 a.m. After that, the skies are predicted to be sunny with a high reaching around 88 degrees.

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