The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Page County and much of the region for Thursday, April 30. Heavy rain is expected to move into the area during the early morning hours, which could lead to flooding on small streams and the Shenandoah River. One to two inches of rainfall is expected, but the potential exists for more, which could lead to flooding after the recent wet weather.
Here is the full statement issued by the National Weather Service in Sterling early Wednesday morning:
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING... The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a * Flood Watch for portions of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, including the following areas, in Maryland, Central and Eastern Allegany and Washington. In Virginia, Albemarle, Augusta, Central Virginia Blue Ridge, Clarke, Eastern Highland, Frederick, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Northern Virginia Blue Ridge, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren, and Western Highland. In West Virginia, Berkeley, Eastern Grant, Eastern Mineral, Eastern Pendleton, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Morgan, and Western Pendleton. * From late tonight through Thursday morning * Widespread moderate to heavy rainfall is expected late tonight through Thursday morning along and ahead of a strong cold front. Widespread rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are expected with the potential for up to 3 inches. * This amount of rainfall could result in small stream and main stem river flooding. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.