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Downpours drench region ahead of soggy weekend

Staff report • Feb 7, 2018 at 5:43 PM

KINGSPORT — The region received nearly an inch of rain over the first half of Wednesday, creating excessive runoff on saturated ground and hydroplaning hazards on roadways.

The 4000 block of Reservoir Road in Sullivan County had to be closed temporarily around midday due to flooding, while Interstate 26 in Johnson City saw multiple crashes during the morning commute. There was excessive puddling along many Kingsport streets, but Central Dispatch reported no major issues within city limits.

According to the National Weather Service in Morristown, from 5 a.m. Wednesday through 1 p.m., .81 inches of rain fell at Tri-Cities Airport. More showers were expected into the evening, possibly mixing with snow after 9 p.m.

Thursday and Friday are forecast to be mostly sunny, with highs near 45 and 56 degrees, respectively. The NWS says rain will return Friday night, leading into a soggy weekend with the chance of precipitation between 80 and 90 percent.

For the latest forecasts and special weather statements, visit the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov.

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