Pinpoint Weather: Dry for most on Sunday; a fall feel is in sight

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Sunday will be dry for the vast majority of us; however, there could be a spotty shower or two in parts of the New River Valley, so locations such as Tazewell, Marion, and Wytheville may see a few showers possible.

For the rest of us, we’ll be Partly to Mostly Cloudy but warm again. Areas east of the Blue Ridge will see highs in the mid 80s. Further west, highs will range from the upper 70s to the lower 80s.

Into Sunday night, the areal coverage of some spotty showers grows to include all regions. But again…most will remain dry. In essence, pretty much everyone will at least have the chance for a shower or two, but while many will have the chance, most will still remain dry. Confused yet?

Anyway…

As we head into Monday, there is a slight chance for more showers across the region. Here too, most will remain dry as showers will be fairly isolated. We’re also not looking as warm with highs in the upper 70s to near 80 in the east and into the 70s in the mountains.

By Tuesday, a seasonal cold front (a front to change the overall pattern from one season to the next) will start to come into the Mid Atlantic region bringing us some widely scattered showers. While there could be a few peeks of sunshine, expect most of the day to be cloudy. Highs will be in the 70s across most of the area, though some upper 60s are possible in the mountains.

Wednesday is the day the front enters the region bringing us widespread rain with some embedded thunderstorms possible. The potential for locally heavy rainfall is increasing on Wednesday, but we do need the rain – we just don’t need it in abundance, so we’ll be watching for the chance for some localized flooding. Right now, the severe threat isn’t being highlighted but it’s something to at least pay some attention to. Highs on Wednesday will be similar to Tuesdays.

By the way, fall officially arrives Wednesday afternoon.

By Thursday, we’re drying out, clearing out and losing the humidity! Yes, Thursday’s first FULL day of fall will feel like fall with highs in the 60s and 70s in the mountains and into the lower and middle 70s elsewhere.

Friday and Saturday will be a tad warmer but will still remain dry with highs generally in the 70s across the region.

The tropics are still active. Overnight, Tropical Storm Peter was born. It’s in the central Atlantic and is moving toward the northwest, for now. This storm is forecast to make a turn to the north and not affect the U.S. mainland; however, our friends in Bermuda may have this storm to worry about in the days ahead. Thankfully, forecasts indicate that it is expected to remain a Tropical Storm and not intensify into a hurricane – at least through next week.

There is another system of concern off the African Coast that has developed into Tropical Depression Seventeen. Forecasts show that this system is forecast to move into the north-central Atlantic and does not look to pose a threat to the U.S. mainland at the current time.

So, that’s what we’ve got on the weather front. Enjoy the week ahead. With cooler temperatures in store for us later this upcoming week, it’s a sign that fall is nearly here and the leaves will be changing in the not-too-distant future.

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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