BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - From heavy rains and wind to flooding -- and now snow -- the Two Virginias have seen a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer this week.
Schools across the region were closed Friday a several inches of snow fell overnight. This comes on top of flooding that plagued several communities -- from Richlands to Ronceverte -- on Thursday.
A spring-like storm system crossed the Two Virginias Wednesday and brought several hours of heavy rain and strong winds. Flooding was reported across most counties in West Virginia and southwestern to central Virginia.
Many streams across the region were swollen or had left their banks Wednesday night. The National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a Flood Warning for the Greenbrier River at Alderson from Thursday afternoon to Friday evening.
The river was expected to crest Friday morning at close to 17 feet. Flood stage is at 14 feet and was expected to be met early Thursday afternoon.
Motorists were advised to travel with caution -- especially after nightfall -- due to high standing water in several roadways.
Flooding on the Clinch River affected residents and businesses in the Richlands area of Tazewell County, forcing some evacuations and closures of several streets.
Drivers are strongly urged not to travel through standing water in roadways.
In Princeton, a vehicle had to be pulled from a rising creek at the Athens Crossroads after it crashed into the water.
Eyewitness video given to WVVA News shows rescuers pulling woman from the submerged vehicle.
Problems were also reported on Stafford Drive, where the roadway frequently floods during heavy rain.
Rainfall changed over to snow in the early morning hours Thursday.
So far in the month of January, rainfall is above average and due to recent snows and melting snows, the ground is already very saturated. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 4 inches fell Wednesday afternoon and evening, which may prompted flooding around creeks and streams and poor drainage areas.
A few areas reported wind damage from thunderstorm winds in the afternoon Wednesday. Winds will stay a big concern overnight and Thursday, with strong gusts having the capability of causing power outages across the area. Ridge tops and higher elevations will see the strongest winds with gusts as high as 60 mph. Wind advisories are out for Buchanan, McDowell, Wyoming, Fayette, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe, and Giles counties. High Wind Warnings are out for Mercer, Tazewell, Bland, Wythe, and Pocahontas Counties.
Be sure to stay with wvva.com for flooding and upcoming snow information. Updates to the forecast are also available on the WVVA Weather App, Twitter and Facebook.
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