ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – One more dry day is expected before rain arrives for the weekend.
On Friday, clouds will increase as an area of low pressure lifts north over the western Atlantic.
Temperatures will start to trend down on Friday due to limited sunshine.
Rain moves into the region starting Friday night in Southside and Central Virginia. Areawide rain is expected on Saturday as the low-pressure area lifts up the coast. The low could become a tropical storm before making landfall. If it does, it will be named Ophelia.
Light rain is expected in the west with heavy rain in the east. The New River Valley is generally expected to see less than a quarter of an inch. The Roanoke Valley and Highlands could see up to half an inch. Central Virginia and Southside could see one to three inches of rain.
If the rain falls fast enough, flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas will be possible.
The rain should leave the region by sunrise Sunday with dry conditions returning for most through Monday. More rain is expected Tuesday into Wednesday.