Greater Williamsburg put under flood watch Friday and Saturday, heavy rain forecasted

Staff Writer

A flood watch is in effect for Williamsburg, James City and York from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The rain is expected to start Friday afternoon, and the storm total will range somewhere between 1.5 to 2.5 inches, according to a National Weather Service briefing released Friday morning.

Runoff from the rain, along with melted snow, could lead to flooding in streams, creeks and potentially rivers.

4:30 p.m. Thursday

Streams, creeks, rivers and ponds may flood early this weekend National Weather Service forecasters warned Thursday.

The National Weather Service at Wakefield has put most of Virginia under a flood watch as forecasts for up to 2 inches of rainfall Friday afternoon through Saturday, according to a National Weather Service news release.

Rain and melting snow could make the flooding worse in places, the release said.

Rainfall rates of one to two inches hourly could lead to localized flash flooding, according to the release.

Wind is not a concern for the rainstorm as of Thursday afternoon.

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