Update, July 6, 2013, 10:32 a.m.: The National Weather Service this morning again extended a flood watch that is in effect for Scott and surrounding counties, leaving it in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday evening. That is 12 hours later than the most recent extension to the watch, which has been in effect since Wednesday evening.

The move came as models continue to show copious amounts of moisture flowing into Tennessee. The NWS is forecasting at least an 80 percent chance of heavy rain Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday. While flooding has thus far not been an issue on the Cumberland Plateau, as the heaviest rains continue to slide into Middle Tennessee, flooding has been reported west of the area. In Smith County, officials Saturday morning closed two roads due to flooding and were monitoring two subdivisions for possible evacuations.

The original text follows . . .

Update, July 5, 2013, 11:04 p.m.: The National Weather Service tonight extended a flood watch for Scott and surrounding counties through 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

The flood watch has been in effect since 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, as a weather setup that meteorologists are calling very anomalous for the summer season continues to plague much of Tennessee.

The text of the latest flood watch:

...FLOOD WATCH EXTENDED IN COVERAGE AND DURATION THROUGH 8AM EDT
SUNDAY...

.ANOTHER ROUND OF SHOWERS AND PERHAPS ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL
CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND SPREAD NORTH OVERNIGHT...AHEAD OF THE SLOW
MOVING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND MID
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY REGIONS.

SINCE DRIER WEATHER IS NOT LIKELY TO RETURN UNTIL AFTER THE
WEEKEND...THE FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH 8AM EDT
SUNDAY. THE WATCH ALSO WAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE MUCH OF EXTREME
NORTHEAST TENNESSEE...AS WELL AS WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES COULD OCCUR OVER THE
REGION FROM TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY NIGHT...WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER
AMOUNTS CERTAINLY POSSIBLE. SATURATED GROUNDS AND MORE PROLONGED
MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL POSES A THREAT OF MINOR TO
MODERATE FLOODING.

STAY TUNED TO THIS STATION OR NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR UPDATED
FORECASTS. MONITOR NEARBY CREEKS AND STREAMS IF YOU LIVE IN A
FLOOD PRONE AREA.

...FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA AND EAST TENNESSEE...
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...
CHEROKEE AND CLAY. IN EAST TENNESSEE...ANDERSON...BLEDSOE...
BLOUNT SMOKY MOUNTAINS...BRADLEY...CAMPBELL...CLAIBORNE...
COCKE SMOKY MOUNTAINS...EAST POLK...GRAINGER...HAMBLEN...
HAMILTON...JEFFERSON...KNOX...LOUDON...MARION...MCMINN...
MEIGS...MORGAN...NW BLOUNT...NORTH SEVIER...NORTHWEST COCKE...
NORTHWEST MONROE...RHEA...ROANE...SCOTT TN...SEQUATCHIE...
SEVIER SMOKY MOUNTAINS...SOUTHEAST MONROE...UNION AND WEST
POLK.

* THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING

* AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY
AND AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OVER THE EASTERN ATLANTIC OCEAN WILL
BRING ABUNDANT MOISTURE TO THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN AREA. THIS
WILL RESULT IN MORE MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS MOST OF
EAST TENNESSEE AND WESTERN PARTS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

* ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING...WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS. DUE TO THE
ALREADY SATURATED GROUND...THE ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL MAY
PRODUCE LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS. THE
PROLONGED RAINFALL WILL ALSO CAUSE LARGER STREAMS AND RIVERS TO
RISE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR HEAVY
RAIN...WHICH MAY LEAD TO FLOODING IN AND NEAR THE WATCH AREA.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR RISING WATER OR WATER OVER ROADWAYS. STAY
INFORMED...AND BE READY FOR ACTION IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR IF
A FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED. IF YOU COME TO A CLOSED OR FLOODED
ROAD...TURN AROUND! DON`T DROWN!

The original text follows . . .

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Scott County and all surrounding counties, as well as the entire region. The flood watch begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening and continues through 8 p.m. Friday evening. Meteorologists say widespread rain amounts of 3 inches to 5 inches are anticipated, with locally heavier amounts.

The text of the flood watch:

...PERSISTENT HEAVY RAINFALL WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY IS
EXPECTED TO CAUSE FLOODING...

.A NEARLY STATIONARY FRONTAL BOUNDARY AND A HIGHLY AMPLIFIED
UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL BE THE DOMINANT WEATHER FEATURES OVER THE
SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN REGION THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. AS A
RESULT...A DEEP FETCH OF MOISTURE FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL
SPREAD NORTH OVER THE AREA. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL BECOME
MORE NUMEROUS BY TONIGHT...WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED
THROUGH THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD
HEAVY RAIN WILL BEGIN TO DECREASE LATE FRIDAY.

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY
EVENING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...EAST TENNESSEE AND
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN
SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...CHEROKEE AND CLAY. IN EAST
TENNESSEE...ANDERSON...BLEDSOE...BLOUNT SMOKY MOUNTAINS...
BRADLEY...CAMPBELL...CLAIBORNE...COCKE SMOKY MOUNTAINS...EAST
POLK...GRAINGER...HAMBLEN...HAMILTON...HANCOCK...HAWKINS...
JEFFERSON...JOHNSON...KNOX...LOUDON...MARION...MCMINN...
MEIGS...MORGAN...NW BLOUNT...NORTH SEVIER...NORTHWEST CARTER...
NORTHWEST COCKE...NORTHWEST GREENE...NORTHWEST MONROE...
RHEA... ROANE...SCOTT TN...SEQUATCHIE...SEVIER SMOKY
MOUNTAINS... SOUTHEAST CARTER...SOUTHEAST GREENE...SOUTHEAST
MONROE... SULLIVAN...UNICOI...UNION...WASHINGTON TN AND WEST
POLK. IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...LEE...RUSSELL...SCOTT...
WASHINGTON AND WISE.

* FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING

* AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OVER THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND UPPER
LEVEL RIDGE OVER THE EASTERN ATLANTIC OCEAN WILL BRING ABUNDANT
MOISTURE TO THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN AREA. THIS WILL RESULT IN
HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS MUCH OF EAST TENNESSEE... SOUTHWEST
VIRGINIA AND SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...BEGINNING TONIGHT AND
CONTINUING THROUGH AT LEAST FRIDAY.

* RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF TWO TO FIVE INCHES ARE FORECAST FROM
WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
POSSIBLE. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING OF
SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS. THE PROLONGED RAINFALL WILL ALSO
CAUSE LARGER STREAMS AND RIVERS TO RISE AND FLOOD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR HEAVY
RAIN...WHICH MAY LEAD TO FLOODING IN AND NEAR THE WATCH AREA.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR RISING WATER OR WATER OVER ROADWAYS. STAY
INFORMED...AND BE READY FOR ACTION IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR IF
A FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED. IF YOU COME TO A CLOSED OR FLOODED
ROAD...TURN AROUND! DON`T DROWN!

SHARE
mm
Contact the Independent Herald at newsroom@ihoneida.com. Follow us on Twitter, @indherald.