(WFXR). The line of rain that pushed through the area cooled us down, gave us a brief period of heavy rain, and is now providing some windy conditions. Winds will be from the west overnight and early Tuesday, gusting near 30 at times.

The skies will be clearing tonight but the winds will continue to howl. The winds today and tonight will quickly dry out the wet surfaces and there are concerns about fire danger.  If a spark ignites a flame today, it may spread rapidly. Be mindful of anything that may start a wildfire or brushfire.

The wind will continue to be the most noticeable feature of the next few days.  The flow of air is expected to be from the west and will ramp up a bit Tuesday. A Fire Weather Watch will be in place Tuesday from about Noon through the evening hours. Dry fuel on the ground (leaves, pine needles, sticks, etc. ) may ignite easily and with the wind, spread a brush or wildfire quickly.

Winds will be sustained at 15 – 20 mph and see gusts near 35 at times.  This may lead to a few dead limbs being effectively snapped and may fall on power lines. 

The dry pattern continues the rest of the week, and a much warmer regime takes hold of the Commonwealth.  Highs will be in the 80s by mid-week under mostly sunny and dry conditions. 

The next chance for the next round of rain will be late Saturday and into Sunday. Hopefully, it will time out to be rainy at night Saturday and end before noon Sunday.

Freedom Fest is this weekend and we are proud media sponsors. Currently, the rain looks to be late in the day Saturday, but mostly cloudy with some rain overnight into Sunday but clearing before the gates open at 11 am.

Stay Safe
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist