After a night of heavy rain in portions of western North Carolina, Carolina Weather Group meteorologist Scotty Powell says the area could experience similar episodes of rain over the next few days.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Catawba County and other western counties until Sunday evening.

Powell said between Friday at 7 a.m. until Saturday at 7 a.m., western parts of Catawba County experienced 3-6 inches of rain, with the Mountain View area seeing 9.3 inches.

Eastern portions of Catawba County only gathered about one inch of rain in the same time period. The varying measurements are due to bands of rain entering the area, creating isolated pockets of heavy precipitation across the region, Powell said.

Conditions have been dry over the past month. The sudden, heavy rain could lead to flash flooding, especially in flood-prone areas, according to the National Weather Service flash flood advisory.

With rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms developing in the afternoons, Powell advised that drivers remain up-to-date on local weather conditions, and to not drive through flooded roads.

Powell said the Catawba Valley could see 3-6 more inches over the next few days, with the system moving out of the region by Tuesday.

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Emily Willis is a general assignment reporter at the Hickory Daily Record. 

 

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