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Heavy rain leads to impressive rain totals, some flooding

A line of heavy rain is working through the area.
A line of heavy rain is working through the area.(whsv)
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 7:16 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 8:40 AM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Heavy rain from a strong cold front pushed through the area on Wednesday evening, which capped off a day with rounds of showers & storms, leading to some areas receiving several more inches of rain since Tuesday night.

Rain totals were very significant, especially in the mountains. Unofficial reports atop of Wintergreen Mountain range from 4-9 inches! Several mountain tops including Elliott’s Knob, Shenandoah Mountain, and Spruce Knob recorded over 4 inches of rain.

Generally, most areas received 1 to 3 inches mainly on Wednesday evening with the heavy rain. There were isolated spots more in the 3 to 4 inch range, which includes western Augusta County and the Waynesboro area. Page County saw the least amount of rain as many areas picking up between 0.50-1.00″.

Widespread totals of 1-3" were reported across the area, with even more locally and in higher...
Widespread totals of 1-3" were reported across the area, with even more locally and in higher ridges(whsv)

In western Augusta County near Craigsville and the Swoope area, we did see some flash flooding Wednesday night, but that has since subsided.

Even though the rain has departed the area, we may still see creeks and rivers swell as the rainwater drains from the mountainous areas. The South Fork of the Potomac River was in the minor flood stage Wednesday night, but has receded back into the safe zone of “No Flooding”. With mountains seeing inches of rain, a lot of water is going to head downstream into the Valley today, so be mindful if you live near or happen to be near creeks or rivers through the day today.

The South Branch Potomac near Franklin has receded into the "No flooding" zone.
The South Branch Potomac near Franklin has receded into the "No flooding" zone.(WHSV)

For the rest of the week, sunshine and drying out. Temperatures feeling like Fall with highs in the 60s and low 70s!

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