Pinpoint Weather: Breezy and cooler pattern arrives over the weekend
Zeta has left a mark on the region as the cyclone moved overhead as a Tropical Storm and dropped rain in the amounts of 2 – 5” over most of western Virginia. The second round of rain followed the main thrust by around 3 hours and added to the already saturated soils. Quick runoff occurred and there were a number of flooded out regions. Here are some of the rainfall amounts from Zeta.
Today the forecast is looking rather quiet compared to Thursday but there are still some issues to contend with as well. Rainy weather may be gone but the winds did linger. Gusty winds still look to be an issue into the night, but will be relaxing with time to more breezy than windy overnight. The main focus of the forecast will be the temperatures over the weekend and a bit of rain on Sunday.
Saturday, Halloween, will be sunny and chilly with highs only topping out in the upper 40s to low 50s. Winds will be noticeable but not overpowering. The dry pattern will allow some of the rivers and streams that have been running fast and full from Zeta to lower and slow down. Still some muddy pockets out there so make sure to wear your boots if you head outside and wipe off your dog’s paws when they come back in from the yard or a walk.
Also a Blue Moon will occur on Halloween as well. More information on that in our digital original files.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back again this weekend.
Sunday will be a little warmer but there is a chance for us to see a bit more rain. A disturbance is going to enter from the south with some light to moderate rain pushing over the Piedmont. At the same time upslope rain and maybe even a few flakes will be falling over the west facing slopes. Look for the snow, if we see any at all, to melt quickly as the ground is still warm, but there may be some slick spots on a few bridges and overpasses.
Monday will be another cold day and a brisk day with winds coming in from the north and northwest. Highs on Monday will be in the upper 40s most locations, and possibly only in the upper 30s in a few of our higher elevated locations. The rest of the week looks to be dry and cool with temps warming up a few degrees each day. November will start out with a little rain Sunday but become dry and stay dry for at least the first week.
And we have yet another tropical disturbance to keep an eye on this weekend. If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be Eta and it will break the record for most named storms in a season for the Atlantic Basin with 28. Old record is 27 from 2005.
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