Tonight, there will be a mix of clouds and clear skies as the region prepares for a decent round of rain on Wednesday. The region looks to be in line for moderate to heavy rain a times, but the focal point will be Southside. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a portion of our Piedmont locations under the Marginal Risk of Severe storms with winds and some hail as the main feature.
There will be thunderstorms embedded in the clutch of rain that is slated for the Commonwealth Wednesday, so keep an ear and an eye out for dangerous lightning. When Thunder Roars Go Indoors. The rain may generate some minor flooding in Southside as there may be brief rounds of heavy rain. Widespread flooding is not expected.
Thursday will be defined by the breezy and cooler pattern. The flow of air will generate from the north and northwest ushering in the crisp feeling in the region. Winds will be noticeable but not overwhelming, gusting near 30 mph at times through our area. The chance for rain will be gone but there are some models that still supply the west facing slopes with a bit of moisture Thursday (light rain and some flakes overnight). This should be the extent of the precip for us and I am looking at a relatively dry, breezy and cool pattern Friday.
Friday will be, as mentioned, on the cooler side of normal for the middle of April. Temps will be in the upper 50s in the high country and the low 60s most everywhere else. Winds still noticeable, but less speed than Thursday.
Saturday may be another rainy day, but only light rain along with some breezy conditions. There is also a chance that the rain will hold off until Sunday. So the jury is still out for the weekend forecast. The bottom line is the there will be some light rain on Saturday or Sunday so keep the umbrellas handy and hopefully it will only be on one day, not both. My thought go to one day gets the rain the other will be cloudy.
April 15th will mark the 3rd anniversary of the tornado outbreak in our area. Six tornadoes touched down in our viewing area, and another one just south of Danville. The EF-3 tornado that started or touched down in just west of Lynchburg and lifted just past Elon in Amherst county was the most intense of the day. No fatalities reported.