Winston-Salem officials closed the trail around Salem Lake Monday because of standing water on sections of the trail and the Salem Creek Greenway.

William Royston, the city’s director of Recreation and Parks, said the water should recede in two or three days.

“It’s not unusual for the city to close the trail,” Royston said. “When the lake level rises to where the trail is dangerous, we keep people out of it.”

The trail runs 6.5 miles around the lake. The greenway runs 4.5 miles along Salem Creek from Peters Creek Parkway to Salem Lake.

The rain also caused water to accumulate on the fairways of the second and third holes at Wilshire Golf Course at 1570 Bridgton Road, off southern Peters Creek Parkway, said Tim Veach, a co-owner of the golf course.

The water began to accumulate on the fairways on Sunday night, he said. The course, near the South Fork Creek, has 18 holes.

“It’s starting to go down now,” Veach said of the water on Monday afternoon.

The rain accompanied by gusty winds also caused power outages to 989 Duke Energy customers Monday in Forsyth County, said Tina Worley, a company spokeswoman. The rainstorm knocked down a tree, toppling a power line on Olivet Church Road in the Vienna Township, she said.

The Triad has received 2.82 inches of rain since Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh. Since Jan. 1, Piedmont Triad International Airport has received 5.08 inches of rain and 8 inches of snow, according to the weather service.

Pilot Mountain got 1.46 inches of rain, West Jefferson received 2 inches of rain, Boone received 1.96 inches of rain, North Wilkesboro got 1.83 inches of rain and Yadkinville got 2.09 inches of rain.

The weather service in Blacksburg, Va. has issued a wind advisory for Ashe, Alleghany and Watauga counties. The advisory will remain in effect through noon today.

Northwest winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph could blow down trees, causing scattered power outages in the northwestern counties, the weather service said.

A low-pressure system that produced rain in the Triad and Northwest North Carolina moved out of the region Monday night, the weather service said. It is expected to be over the northern mid-Atlantic states today, said Shawn Cokley, a weather service meteorologist in Raleigh.

Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies in Winston-Salem and Mount Airy, with high temperatures near 59 degrees in Forsyth County and near 56 degrees in Surry County. There is a 20 percent chance of rain in Boone with a high temperature near 48 degrees.

The low temperatures are expected to be around 39 in Winston-Salem, around 38 in Mount Airy and around 37 in Watauga County with mostly clear skies.


By John Hinton Winston-Salem Journal (336) 727-7299 @jhintonWSJ

Journal reporter Wesley Young contributed to this story.