Residents in the Triad and Northwest North Carolina will see clearer skies today following last weekend’s steady rain and flooding in some areas, a forecaster said Monday. No injuries were reported.
However, flash flooding in North Carolina’s mountains and foothills is being blamed for three deaths.
Three men died Saturday after their vehicle hit high water on a road west of Lincolnton and slammed into a tree. The N.C. Highway Patrol said the occupants were trapped inside as the vehicle submerged in several feet of water.
A weak cold front will move through North Carolina and produce clear skies over much of the state today, said Brandon Dunstan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh.
“We have a very slow-moving area of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere, and we have a warm, moist air mass,” Dunstan said.
The cold front “will give us a break for a day before chances of rain increase again,” Dunstan said.
Today’s forecast calls for high temperature near 78 degrees in Winston-Salem and Mount Airy amid sunny skies. The wind will gust to up 21 mph in Forsyth County.
There is a 20 percent of rain today in Boone with an expected high temperature near 70 degrees, the weather service said.
Area low temperature tonight will range from 49 degrees in Watauga County, to around 53 degrees in Surry County and 57 degrees in Forsyth County, amid partly cloudy skies.
Forsyth County was sparred the brunt of the heavy rain and flooding. The county received 3.26 inches of rain between 8 a.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Monday, and there were no reports of flooding, Dunstan said.
Areas in Northwest North Carolina weren’t as fortunate. The weather service issued a flood watch Monday for Ashe, Alleghany, Surry, Watauga and Wilkes counties. Those areas were expected to 1 to 2 inches additional rain Monday in the wake of heavy downfalls since Friday, the weather service said.
The agency also issued a small-stream advisory Monday for Alleghany, Wilkes, Watauga and Ashe counties.
Sections of Watauga County had received more than 13.5 inches of rain Sunday, the weather service said. An area in western Wilkes county received 8.75 inches of rain. The Ennice community in eastern Alleghany County received 5.27 inches of rain. Ashe County received up to 6.57 inches of rain.
Flooding and mudslides were reported Sunday in Watauga, Ashe and Wilkes counties. Several people were rescued after they drove through floodwater on a road in the Shulls Mills community on the Watauga River in Watauga County, the weather service said.
Some bridges were underwater Sunday on Cranberry Creek and Absher roads in the Laurel Springs community in Ashe County, according to the Ashe County Communications Center.
The floodwater is receding, said Phil Manuel, a weather-service meteorologist in Blacksburg, Va.
Residents of a Hickory apartment complex evacuated to a temporary shelter at Catawba Valley Community College because of high water..
Guilford County experienced “urban flooding” or road flooding on Friday and Saturday, said Don Campbell, the county’s emergency-services division director.
“The challenge we’re running into with these and other ones throughout the area are that people are driving through flooded roadways that don’t look like much water and they can’t tell how deep it really is,” Campbell said. “Then they find it overwhelming and the waters wash the car off the road.”
Officials responded to several rescues in Guilford County. A dog and his owner were rescued on Huffine Mill Road in McLeansville. Two other people in separate vehicles were rescued on Riverdale Drive in Jamestown. High Point Fire Battalion Chief Perry Hall said his crews responded to four vehicles in the city limits trapped in flood waters on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Ahead of Monday’s rain, Gov. Roy Cooper asked residents to pay attention to local forecasts and advisories, watches and warnings.