Strong storms return Wednesday


Strong storms expected Wednesday afternoon

Strong to severe storms are slated to arrive in the afternoon of Wednesday and linger into the late evening.  The main threat with these storms will be the gusty winds and hail, but if the last several days has shown us anything it is that heavy rain will also be an issue.  Thursday, we had nearly 7 inches of rain in parts of Lynchburg, last night we had nearly 5 inches of rain near Bedford.  The water seems to exit quickly, but it also overtakes us quickly, so be on guard for any heavy rain tomorrow. Also, the lightning last night was unreal.  I measured over 400 strikes from 1 until 2 am this morning with our “strike tracker” device on our weather computer.  Most of the strikes were cloud to cloud with a small percentage making it to the ground, so the sky was really lit up last night. Of course, there was the rain too.

As we move past the storms that will arrive Wednesday and taper off near midnight, we should be granted a nice day on Thursday.  A bit on the muggy side with all the rainwater left on the surface to evaporate into the low levels, but still a nice August day.

Friday should start out sunny enough but as the day moves along there will be another round of rain.  The option of strong to severe storms may not be off the table, but the storms of Friday should not be as robust. 

Saturday and Sunday will be on the pleasant side with high pressure moving in and setting up camp for a couple of days.  Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s and there should be plenty of sunshine. The next round of rain is not slated to arrive until late Tuesday.

Stay safe.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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