Pinpoint Weather: Continued unsettled as a big change is ahead into next week

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Hello weekend!

Saturday will be a bit unsettled as a chance of showers and thunderstorms will, once again, be possible across the region. Not everyone will get wet, but the chance does still exist.

Highs will continue to be on the warm side as we’re looking at temperatures Saturday afternoon to climb into the mid 80 east of the Blue Ridge and into the upper 70s and lower 80s in the mountains.

Into Sunday, there could be some patchy morning fog possible – especially in areas that see some of those showers and thunderstorms on Saturday.

By the afternoon, some areas could still see a few passing showers and thunderstorms but overall chances remain relatively low across the area for widespread areal coverage.

Highs on Sunday will be comparable to Saturday’s.

Into Monday, the threat for some showers will continue across the area as temperatures fall back a few degrees. Areas east of the Blue Ridge should see highs in the lower 80s with highs largely in the 70s in the mountains.

For the last full day of summer on Tuesday, passing showers will continue across the area at a slightly higher probability as a stronger cold front approaches from the west. We can expect highs in the 70s across the region.

Fall officially arrives this Wednesday afternoon. This will be the final day that rain is in the forecast. There is some concern that the Wednesday’s rain could be locally heavy, so that’s something to watch. Highs will continue to be in the 70s.

Starting on Thursday, we’ll see gradual clearing through the day with a loss of humidity as that strong cold front finally pushes out of the area. We’re looking at lower and middle 70s for highs east of the Blue Ridge. Our mountain communities may struggle to get out of the 60s for highs, so a much more noticeable fall feel will be in the cards.

The nice weather continues on Friday with highs in the 70s east of the Blue Ridge – closer to 70 in the mountains.

So, yes, changes are in store as we get through next week.

The tropics are still active.

Tropical Storm Odette is not a concern for the U.S. mainland as it’s heading out to sea. The storm is expected to lose its tropical characteristics later today and become post-tropical.

Another system in the central Atlantic does pose an interest. It’s got a 90 percent chance of developing into a named system in the coming days. It currently looks like it’s going to move north of the Caribbean with a general track toward the East Coast. Whether or not it gets pushed toward the north, similarly to Odette’s path, remains to be seen. We still have plenty of time to watch this system’s strength and path.

One other system is off the coast of Africa but it looks to turn toward the north into the northeastern Atlantic which is much less favorable for development. The National Hurricane Center says there is a 40 percent chance of development with this system.

Enjoy the last official weekend of summer! Unfortunately, the chance for some rain and storms will be in store, so have an umbrella handy but again…not everyone will be getting wet.

Gary Boyer

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