Pinpoint Weather: Drying out and cooling down as flood waters linger

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Our wet pattern has come to an end for a while as the smaller creeks and streams drain into the larger rivers. Most of the flood waters have receded with only the larger rivers dealing with flooding.  The Staunton River at Brookneal is receding from major flood stage and is expected to be below flood stage by tonight.  Looking at the Dan River, it seems to be running near record levels but may not quite get to the 30.01 level of 2018, but it is still dangerous.  The rainfall amounts were impressive for a storm that really was only partially due to a tropical storm well to our south.

Union Street Dam along the Dan River at noon Friday

As for the rest of the forecast period, look for us to see a good deal of sunshine to start the day Saturday then some clouds move in late.  There will also be a bit of a chill in the air with temps topping out in the upper 50s to low 60s.  High pressure is expected to move overhead and keep the region dry for a day.  The dry period is going to be short lived as the clouds expected to arrive late will be ahead of another cold front that may provide some rain Sunday.

Sunday will be a mild day with temps rising to nearly 70° in some locations.  The area is going to be on the cloudy side as a front is slated to arrive in the late day time frame. There is a chance for us to get a little bit more rain but I am only expecting light showers with this event. 

Once the front moves through I don’t see much in the way of cloud cover or rain for the rest of the week.  The dry pattern we had before the heavy rain this week will be returning.  Temperatures will be much cooler though. The pattern will shift to below normal temperatures starting Monday and continuing through the most of the week. Friday may be a bit warmer than normal.

Tropics are still active as we approach the end of the record season in the Atlantic. Iota was named today and has become our 30th named storm of the season. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season will go down as the most active season in history.

Stay safe and healthy

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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