Pinpoint Weather: A few storms possible Tuesday; warm temperatures continue through the week

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Warm temperatures are here giving more of an early-September feel in a late-September reality.

As we head into Monday night, we’re looking generally clear across the region. Low temperatures won’t be quite as cool as we’ve seen during previous nights as 50s are forecast in all parts of the area.

Looking into Tuesday, we do have a chance for a brief shower or two possible during the morning. During the afternoon, a cold front to the north will merge with a trough overhead that will bring the risk of a few showers and thunderstorms – mainly in the northern and eastern parts of the region from the Highlands into Central Virginia. While we’re not anticipating widespread coverage of storms, there could be an isolated stronger, if not even severe thunderstorm possible during the late-afternoon and evening in this area.

The Storm Prediction Center does have that region at a Marginal risk for severe weather late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.

Highs on Tuesday will climb even a few degrees higher than Monday’s as we’re going with mid 80s east of the Blue Ridge and into the 70s and lower 80s further west.

Beyond that, we’re trending dry once again through the upcoming weekend.

On Wednesday, we’ll gradually clear out through the day as highs range from the 70s in the mountains to the lower and middle 80s in the east.

We’ll lose a few degrees from those highs as we head into Thursday with Mostly Sunny skies. Highs in the metro areas will be in the lower 80s with 70s continuing elsewhere.

Into Friday and through the upcoming weekend, temperatures will fall back into the lower and mid 70s east of the Blue Ridge and the upper 60s to the lower 70s in the west with Partly Cloudy skies in store.

Did you feel the earthquake on Monday?

The USGS confirms that a small quake did occur near the Roanoke/Montgomery County line during the mid-morning hours Monday. Get details on the quake here.

Lastly, we continue monitoring the tropics as Hurricane Sam continues spinning in the Atlantic, east of the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.

Winds have weakened a bit from Sunday’s peak intensity of 150 mph winds. We continue to be very hopeful that this hurricane will continue turning toward the north and ultimately to the northeast and will avoid direct impact on the U.S. mainland by quite a good distance, though the latest model guidance has shifted the cone a bit further to the east. Bermuda could still see a glancing blow from a potential Category 3 hurricane Friday night into early Saturday.

Gary Boyer

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