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  • Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

    Published On: Feb 27 2013 06:28:32 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 03:26:46 PM EST
    StormTrack 5 Team








    This Afternoon: Rain developing again late. Very mild and breezy. Highs 57-64. Southwest winds 5-20 mph.

    Tonight: Rain showers continuing and changing to wintry mix overnight in southwest Virginia. Lows in the 30s. Northwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday: Sleet or freezing rain changing to snow in the morning. Very cold and breezy. Temperatures falling through the 20s. North wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday Night: Few mountain flurries or light snow showers early...otherwise partly cloudy and frigid.  Lows 8-15.  Northeast winds 5-10 mph.

    Weather Summary:

    We are tracking a departing area of high pressure that will bring winds from the south and southwest today.  With these strong winds out of the southwest, there's a HUGE temperature gradient this afternoon across the area.  Low 70s from Johnson City southward with upper 40s being observed from Scott County northward.  With such strong winds, a Wind Advisory is in effect through the evening for all of Northeast Tennessee, along with Russell, Washington and Scott Counties in southwest Virginia.

    As a slow moving cold front has moved through the area.  Behind this front, the air flow will run parallel to an upper level disturbance.  Rain could be heavy at times through tonight, especially near the KY/VA line.  I wouldn't be surprised if we see a few renegade thundershowers today.  Breezy conditions will ensue as well, especially across the higher elevations.

    With heavy rain in the forecast, we will still need to be alert for the dangers of rising water on streams/rivers, as we've seen throughout the course of the day over southwest Virginia. Snow pack is melting and the ground is saturated. This is something worth keeping an eye on as rainfall totals could exceed one inch (2" of rain possible near the KY/VA line).  A Flood Watch is in effect for southeast Kentucky and most of southwest Virginia through Thursday.  Flood Warnings are in effect for parts of southwest Virginia mainly through this afternoon.

    Behind this passing cold front, we are keeping our eyes on a storm system that has intensified over the Rockies.  A very pronounced jet stream, cold air and this storm system will bring wintry weather back into the region.

    Late tonight and early Thursday, colder air rushes into the Tri-Cities.  Temperatures will drop very quickly!  Some models are bringing in warmer air aloft, so rain will change over to freezing rain and sleet from northwest to southeast early Thursday morning, likely around commute time.  This will then change to snow along the KY/VA line first before changing to snow and sleet in the Tri-Cities and areas pointing eastward Thursday morning.  Some accumulation appears likely at this point, especially near the KY/VA line.  Lift along the higher terrain will result in more accumulations.  Factors that will limit accumulation: 1. The moisture of the soil in areas that have flooded in southwest Virginia.  2. The warm temperatures across northeast Tennessee.  With such a strong storm system, we still think that accumulations of up to 3" are possible in the Tri-Cities and around 2" to 5" near the KY/VA line (more possible in higher elevations that change to snow more quickly). Check back for updates on this possible winter storm.

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all of northeast Tennessee, along with the NC High Country up through Smyth County. A Winter Storm Warning is in place until Thursday afternoon near the KY/VA line for tonight and Thursday, including Russell, Washington and Scott counties in SWVA.

    High pressure fills back in Friday through early next week. As a result, the air will descend and the weather will be less active.  We'll see lots of sunshine as we wrap up the first week of March and head into the second week!  Temperatures will slowly make their way up again during this time.  A chance of rain is possible Tuesday and Wednesday next week, as a low pressure system rides up the Gulf.  Models are in disagreement with that at this time.

    Highs in the 30s Thursday and falling...40s Friday and near 50 this weekend.  Low to mid 50s through early next week.  Lows in the 30s tonight, 10s Thursday and Friday night, and near 30 Saturday and Sunday nights.

    We "Spring Forward" one hour Saturday night!

    Our average high is 55°, low 31°.

    Meteorologists Chris Michaels and Dave Dierks

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    Published On: Apr 25 2014 10:08:29 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 03:05:14 PM EST
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  • Closure of Office Depot customer service center to result in 140 layoffs

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 11:06:55 AM EST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 06:11:43 PM EST
    BRISTOL, Va. -

    Office Depot, Incorporated announced the layoffs of more than 100 people who work at its customer service center in Bristol, Virginia.

    The company said the cuts, caused by its merger with Office Max, will eliminate about 140 people. 

    The office supplier says the closure will take place starting in May, affecting the customer service positions.  Several sales departments are not affected.

    Office Depot says workers have the opportunity to apply for work-from-home positions with a third-party company, or positions at other Office Depot locations.

    The merger between Office Depot and Office Max completed in November 2013, and last month, Staples announced plans to buy Office Depot for $6 billion.  The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

  • Morning rain causing minor flooding

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 07:46:46 AM EST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 09:08:08 AM EST
    Clintwood Flooding
    WISE COUNTY, Va. -

    UPDATE 9:05 a.m.:

    Wednesday morning's rain on top of the snow is causing some flooding in Southwest Virginia.

    Wise County dispatchers tell us there is some standing water in the town of Wise.

    There are several inches of rain backing up on roads in Big Stone Gap.

    Dispatchers say there were some small mudslides on a few roads, but they have been cleared up.

    We have also heard about high water in the Ramsey community near Norton.

    Several viewers have sent us pictures and messages about water covering yards in Coeburn.

    Lee County authorities say Seminary Road is closed because high water.

    In Buchanan County officials say they have several places with high water, but it is not considered flood stage.

    They are watching the creeks and streams very closely because many are about to overflow.

    Officials say they are watching the storm drains to make sure they don't clog and cause flooding.

    We'll be following this developing situation throughout the morning and we'll provide you with updates as we get them.

  • Shop 'til you drop: woman wins shopping spree of a lifetime

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 12:35:06 AM EST
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

    Angela Bailey won the contest of a lifetime at Price Less Foods in Johnson City.

    Bailey entered a Facebook contest earlier this year, and won the grand prize: a shopping spree through the store.

    The rules were simple: One shopping cart, and 3 minutes to grab as many items as possible.

    Bailey came to the store decked out in here running shoes, and when they gave her the cue, she took off.

    "I missed the chicken,” said Bailey. “But I loaded up on meat, so I’m going to have some mean grilling this summer"

    Bailey grabbed meats, cheeses, cookies,laundry detergent, and gallons of ice cream.

    The final amount spent was $896.86.

    “I don’t think I have ever spent so much money at one time,” said Bailey.

    Price Less Foods holds the contest ever year. You can enter to win monthly prizes by visiting their Facebook page.

  • Wise County water rescue team evacuates homes

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 08:16:40 PM EST

    Melting snow and heavy rainfall is causing major problems for people living in the Wise County area.

    WISE COUNTY, Va. -

    Melting snow and heavy rainfall is causing major problems for people living in the Wise County area. It's made travel conditions difficult, and has even forced some people to evacuate their homes.

    Rivers around the area are overflowing, and some roads around the county have been closed off due to flooding.

    Emergency management officials started early in taking precautions in Wise County and the City of Norton as rising flood waters put people living in the community at risk.

    "We in fact have some people out in these areas as we speak that are just monitoring it," Norton's Emergency Management Coordinator Todd Lagow said. "Just making contact with residents, making sure they're alright and addressing their needs as they arise."

    Officials for the City of Norton issued a voluntary evacuation for several families in danger zones, but Appalachia Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team rushed into action to rescue people from their homes in Big Stone Gap.

    "We've got two boats and 18 members, and today it's paying off," Chief Robert Anderson said. "We're out here. It's a flooding situation, and we're out here doing rescues."

    The team has trained for ten years, but this is the very first time the team has performed a rescue.  Their team evacuated three people in one neighborhood.

    "The swift water team, we monitor all the stream levels," Anderson said. "We have to develop an action plan before we ever get to this state. We were in a state of readiness before the flooding even happened."

    They are one of several swift water rescue teams operating out of Wise County. Virginia State Police and crews from Bristol and the New River Valley have also joined in as crews prepare for additional rain and snow fall.

    "It's widespread and it's going to get worse," Big Stone Gap's Fire Chief Billy Chandler said.

    Chandler, along with other emergency personnel, are encouraging the public to practice safe measures.

    "When we get the call that somebody gets in the water, if they get to call themself or if somebody even sees them, that's a critical amount of time for our people to respond to it to get them that can be the difference between life and death, turning around and taking an alternate route," Chandler added.

    The fire chiefs said they're still just trying to prepare for the continuing weather conditions. Several shelters have been set up by emergency officials and the Red Cross.

  • Snow days pile up in Southwest Virginia schools

    Published On: Mar 03 2015 05:31:11 PM EST

    February's record-breaking temperatures has schools all across our region trying to figure out how to make up all these snow days. Monday, we brought you a list of school districts in Northeast Tennessee.

    We've followed up with schools all throughout Southwest Virginia. We reached out to ten different school districts in Southwest Virginia.

    Unlike schools in Northeast Tennessee, most Southwest Virginia schools don't build-in days for weather in their school schedule. Typically - they'll just add on days at the end of the year.

    Of the schools we got a hold of in Southwest Virginia, Dickenson county has had the most snow days this year with 20.

    In Virginia, school calendars are set differently. Schools needs 990 hours or 180-instructional days each school year. Bristol, Virginia Schools Superintendent Rex Gearheart says his biggest concern is state testing. “We have a writing test coming up in a couple of weeks, our state required writing test in 8th grade and at the high school, and we've missed this time right prior to that. That will be a challenge for us. I think we'll be just fine. I really do, but that is certainly a concern. I know those teachers are concerned about it, but they'll have them prepared,” Gearheart adds.

    Here’s where the rest of the schools stand on snow days as of Tuesday, March 3rd:

    Bristol, Virginia Schools are maxed out at 10 snow days.

    Dickenson County – 20 snow days

    Scott County/Lee County – 15 snow days

    Russell County – 14 snow days

    Smyth County – 13 snow days

    Norton City Schools – 12 snow days

    Washington County – 10 snow days

    We’ve reached out to Buchanan County and Wise County and weren’t able to get in touch with them.

  • Free pet adoptions

    Published On: Mar 03 2015 05:29:37 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 03 2015 08:35:51 PM EST

    If you live in southwest Virginia and you're looking for a pet, now is a good time to stop by the C.C. Porter Animal Shelter in Washington County, Virginia.
    They're allowing people to adopt a pet at no charge through the end of March.

    It's in conjunction with the Washington County Public Schools PAWS Project.

    PAWS stands for Providing Animals With Support.

    Schools collect food, toys and other items for these homeless pets.

    Animal shelter supervisor Kelly Tabor said they expect the animal population to increase over the spring.

    "Which is why we always say to spay and neuter, because we get so many unwanted animals and pets in the animal shelter, and if people would just spay and neuter their animals then the shelter wouldn't be overrun with animals," said Tabor.

    The shelter will require a refundable fee of 50 dollars for the spay or neuter of your new pet, but you'll get that back with proof that the procedure was done.

    If you live in the zip code 24211, the Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic in Bristol still has grant money to pay for your pet's surgery.
    Just call the clinic to schedule an appointment.
    Here are the contact numbers:

    MBM Spay/Neuter Clinic - 276-591-5790
    C.C. Porter/Washington County, VA Animal Shelter - 276-676-6210

  • High school basketball scores & highlights 3-3-15

    Published On: Mar 03 2015 11:49:51 PM EST

    Hampton advances to state tournament. Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennett, Elizabethton, Greeneville and South Greene fall short.

  • Wednesday's Mid-Day StormTrack 5 Forecast: 03-04-15

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 12:20:02 PM EST

    Multiple concerns across the area over the next 24 hours, starting with flooding in parts of southwest Virginia.  A rapid change in temperatures will result in wintry weather on Thursday.  Meteorologist David Boyd has the latest in his StormTrack 5 forecast.

  • Wednesday Night's StormTrack 5 Forecast: 03-04-15

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 05:32:41 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 05:37:38 PM EST

    Flooding is still a concern in places as we head through the night.  As colder air comes in, tomorrow features a wintry weather threat for the area.  Chief Meteorologist Dave Dierks has the latest in his StormTrack 5 forecast.

  • Sex shows streamed from libraries

    Published On: Mar 03 2015 09:32:29 PM EST

    People go to the library for peace and quiet. But one woman apparently went there to film dozens of sex shows which were streamed online.

  • 'World's best dad' builds backyard ice luge

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 12:19:15 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 12:22:35 PM EST

    A dad in New Jersey builds an Olympic-styled ice luge for this three kids. 

  • Weasel rides woodpecker into Internet meme

    Published On: Mar 03 2015 08:38:13 PM EST

    A photo of a weasel hitching a surprise lift on the back of a flying woodpecker near London has gone viral.

  • High school basketball scores & highlights 3-2-15

    Published On: Mar 02 2015 11:51:10 PM EST

    Elizabethton and South Greene punch their ticket to the state tournament.

  • Tuesday's Mid-Day StormTrack 5 Forecast: 03-03-15

    Published On: Mar 03 2015 12:28:00 PM EST

    Meteorologist David Boyd continues to track an active weather pattern, which will likely provide a drastic temperature change along with wintry weather.  Details in his Storm Track 5 forecast.