Flash flood warnings and watches issued for much of Central NC

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Heavy showers and storms will cross the region Sunday night through the early overnight hours, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters say strong to severe thunderstorms remain possible as a cold front settles across the NY metro area, with the strongest storms expected to hit between 3 a.m. and noon Monday.

A flash flood watch is in effect until midnight for areas in Virginia that include the New River Valley counties of Pulaski, Montgomery and Giles Counties, as well as Craig, Roanoke, Franklin, Henry, and Patrick Counties. Excessive rainfall may lead to flash flooding in urban areas such as Roanoke and Martinsville, and along creeks, streams an low-lying areas.

Jefferson and Blount counties, along with much of west-central Alabama, are under a tornado and flood watch.

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A flash flood watch continues state-wide through 6 a.m. Sunday.

The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 36.

After a slight chance of rain and snow showers Tuesday morning, the weather service says fair weather is expected from Tuesday into Wednesday as high pressure arrives across the area.

The rain is being blamed for a series of motor vehicle accidents around the region.

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