Pinpoint Weather: Hot and muggy ahead of rain from Tropical Storm Elsa

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Although we’re looking at more clouds moving in later this Wednesday, it will still be a hot and muggy day.

Wednesday’s high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands while spots east of the Blue Ridge will warm up into the upper 80s and low to middle 90s. Mostly sunny skies are expected for much of the morning before more clouds move in ahead of Elsa, which made landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast around 11 a.m. Some spotty showers and storms are possible, but many will stay dry.

Thursday is shaping up to be a damp and cooler day with highs in the 70s and lower 80s. Elsa will pass by Southwest and Central Virginia, bringing moisture to the area. While a front to our west is expected to keep the worst of Elsa east of the region, any shift in the storm track will impact our rainfall totals. Most of us will see scattered showers and storms move in during the late morning hours and into the afternoon. Overall, higher rainfall amounts are forecast for areas east of the Blue Ridge. Many spots will see less than 0.50″ of rainfall, but locally higher amounts are possible. However, if Elsa’s track shifts west, then we could see more rainfall. A shift further to the east would mean lower rainfall amounts.

As Elsa moves off toward the northeast overnight Thursday into Friday, we’ll notice the warm and humid conditions returning to Southwest and Central Virginia. High temperatures Friday and into the weekend will be in the 80s and low 90s. Hit-or-miss showers and storms will be possible each afternoon and evening.

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