Pinpoint Weather: Persistent pattern of heat and storms until Saturday

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Strong to severe storms have ignited once again and the region has to contend with gusty winds near 60 mph and hail around 1″ in diameter. This pattern is expected to continue until Saturday when a cold front is expected to migrate over the Commonwealth.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the viewing area in the Marginal Risk Category for Severe Storms Friday as the gusty winds and hail are likely to return.

The heat will return too, highs will be in the 90s most locations but the heat index values will be well over 100 in a few of our eastern counties. Heat Advisory from Noon until 7 pm for Campbell, Charlotte, and Appomattox counties along with the City of Lynchburg.

The more likely place for the strong storms will be the Piedmont as the heat of the day will assist in the ignition of the storms. Expect to see this pattern once again on Saturday ahead of the cold front that will be arriving late in the day or even after sunset.

Sunday will be a rainy day, off and on, but with the frontal passage early in the morning, highs will only reach the low 80s and in some cases, the upper 70s.

Our next concern is the path of Fred. This cyclone is expected to move up the east face of the Appalachian Range and possibly over the Commonwealth. There is a chance for us to see very heavy rain and flash flooding as the tropical moisture arrives.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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