Overcast skies and scattered storms possible today


Cloudy and cooler end to the work week

The forecast for Saturday is a bit tricky since there is the pesky wedge of cooler air in place east of the foothills.  The cold front slated for Saturday afternoon will be the scouring mechanism to get rid of the overcast skies but bring a few storms west of the 81 corridor. Nothing is expected to reach severe levels but rumbles of thunder may be heard from Tazewell county north into Highland county.  The rain and storms should get absorbed or scrambled by the Appalachians so any activity east of the foothills will be few and far between. 

Sunday looks relatively dry as there will be an area of high pressure settling in behind the front.  There is a fly in the ointment as some rain and a few thunderstorms are possible to ride into the region late in the day from the south.  The northward progression of the rain and isolated storms will only take it as far as Campbell and possibly Appomattox counties, so most of the area will see a dry day with a mix of clouds and sunshine.   Southside locations from Patrick county to Halifax county may get a nice watering of the lawn.

Monday will be dry and warmer again with temps trying to get back into the 90s east of the Parkway.

As for the tropics, there is the potential for named storm to develop and move across the Bahamas and the east coast of Florida.  It will be nowhere near as intense as Dorian, but will bring rain and wind to the islands that are still trying to recover from the devastation left behind when the Cat 5 destroyed a good portion of the Grand Bahama Island and Abaco island.  This may become Humberto and is forecast to stay well south and east of the Commonwealth but as always, this needs to be monitored.

Stay safe.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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