ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A stalled front to the south will continue to produce showers and isolated thunderstorms in Southwest and Central Virginia Tuesday.
Patchy fog and mist are possible during the Tuesday morning commute. While a few spotty morning showers may move through, there is a greater potential for scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. High temperatures will be in the cooler-than-average 70s.
There is a low risk for severe weather, but repeated rounds of heavy rainfall could lead to localized flooding concerns. This threat is higher along and west of the Blue Ridge. Make sure to stay weather-aware and alert, especially when traveling. Never try to drive through flooded roadways or bridges.
A few showers may linger into Wednesday. Otherwise, skies will be overcast to mostly cloudy. Afternoon temperatures will warm up into the upper 70s and middle 80s.
A few rain showers from Idalia are possible on Thursday, but most of the impacts will stay further south. High pressure over the Atlantic and a trough over the Mid-Atlantic should steer Idalia through the Carolinas. Keep in mind that any shifts in Idalia’s storm track could bring changes to the region’s storm impacts and threats. We’ll continue to provide more details as the week continues.
High pressure builds in by the end of the week and into the Labor Day Weekend. Warm and mostly sunny conditions are likely. Highs will generally be in the upper 70s and 80s on Friday and Saturday. By Sunday and Monday, more heat is in the forecast with afternoon temperatures in the 80s and lower 90s.
TRACKING THE TROPICS
Two named storms are churning in the Atlantic Basin: Franklin and Idalia. Franklin became a Category 4 hurricane Monday morning. Watches may be issued for Bermuda, but the bulk of the storm should avoid the island. Swells from Franklin will spread toward the east coast of the United States over the next couple of days, which could result in problematic surf and rip current conditions along the East Coast.
Idalia became a hurricane early Tuesday morning and has the potential to make landfall along the Gulf Coast of Florida as a major hurricane on Wednesday.
Current model runs suggest Idalia will work its way north through Georgia by the middle of the week before being steered to the east by an area of high pressure. Southwest and Central Virginia could see some showers from the storm by Thursday. However, any shifts in the track will bring changes to our storm threats and impacts. The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to provide updates as the storm track becomes more defined.