Pinpoint Weather: Drought conditions remain as rain arrives this weekend

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The Climate Prediction Center has once again placed a good portion of the Piedmont under the Moderate to Severe Drought scenario. Little rain has been able to relieve the region of the dry conditions and even though there is rain on the way this weekend, it appears that the region will need much more rainfall than is being projected by the models.

Friday will see the chance for some spotty light rain and the main line of storms create trouble for the folks in the Mid-West. The main feature with the scenario for Friday will be the beginning of another significant warm up.

The above normal pattern will start Friday but come to a close on Sunday. Saturday will be a very mild day with highs in the low 70s in a number of locations.

As we get into the weekend there is also the chance for us to see some very gusty winds associated with the line of storm that is expected to arrive around mid-morning and linger into the evening.

On the Futurecast view this line is very impressive, but as we push forward in time and the front crosses the mountains there will be a decent drop off in intensity. The rain may not be nearly as robust in Virginia as it will be in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. That being said, the Storm Prediction Center has placed a good portion of the region Saturday in the Marginal Risk Category for severe storms. This is an add on to the area that is expected to get the lion’s share of the intense weather (to our west), but we could see some gusts near the 40 plus mph range and that does not fit the description for severe weather but the SPC is making us aware that there is that chance.

Whether or not we hear any thunder or see any lightning remains to be seen, but there is the threat for some strong winds and that will do some damage to some of your Holiday lights and inflatables. May not want to fill up “Frosty” on the lawn Saturday as he may launch into the yard down the block.

The ups and downs of the temperature teeter-totter continue.

Temps on Saturday will be well above normal but return to the 50s on Sunday.
Stay safe,
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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