A cold front will make its way through Southwest Virginia Thursday morning, bringing a line of showers and windy conditions.
Rain ahead of a approaching cold front moved in overnight Wednesday and will continue through Thursday morning. There will be the chance for heavier rainfall at times, and a few rumbles of thunder are not out of the question. Due to the saturated ground, the rain won’t easily be absorbed and runoff is possible. We could see some rivers, creeks, and streams rise once again, but not to the same effect as last Thursday/Friday. We could see some flash flooding in parts of the Appalachians (Pocahontas County in West Virginia is under a Flash Flood Watch and Flood Watch until Thursday afternoon). The rain is mainly slated before noon, but a few spotty showers are possible during the afternoon.
As the cold front sweeps through, winds will begin to pick up and could cause issues. Winds up to 30 – 40 mph are possible at times and the wind speeds will stay below wind advisory criteria. However, due to the soaked soil, there is the possible a few trees could topple since their root systems are compromised. Power outages are possible. The winds will usher in cooler air during the afternoon hours. Mountain snow showers are possible, but not much is expected accumulation-wise.
Drier weather is in the forecast for Friday/Valentine’s Day, but be prepared to bundle up! The morning will start off with temperatures near or below the freezing mark. Skies will be mostly sunny with afternoon high temperatures in the 30s and low 40s. It will still be breezy at times, some the winds will make it feel a few degrees cooler.
We can expect our coldest temperatures for the next several day overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Temperatures will be bitter cold, dropping into the low 20s and teens. The dry weather continues with temperatures warming into the 40s for Saturday afternoon. 50s are possible for later in the day Sunday.
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