Pinpoint Weather: Isolated Severe Storms today as we monitor the Sahara Dust

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The weather will be on the warm side today as the mercury in the thermometer is expected to rise into the middle 80s.  That is about right for the middle to late June time frame.  The main issues today will be the advent of storms in the heat of the day that will linger into the evening time frame.  The Storm Prediction Center has placed a good portion of the region east of the Parkway, including Roanoke, in the Marginal Risk Category for severe storms. The main issue with the stronger storms will be gusty winds and possibly the development of some large hail (over 1” in diameter).  The storms should be rather scattered but if you are in the way of one of the storms make sure to stay alert as they may be robust.  Heavy rain is also slated to accompany the storms so keep an eye on rising waters.

As for Friday and into the weekend there will be a relatively quiet period on both Friday and Saturday as high pressure moves in overhead.  The chance for storms is very low and should be confined to mainly the isolated pop up storms the arrive in the heat of the day.  Less than 10% probability of precipitation.  Sunday will present a bit better chance for showers and storms so if you have plans for the weekend that involve going outside, Saturday may be the better choice. Sunday will not be a washout, but it may be a bit more active.

Heading into the new work week there will be a bit more wet weather to contend with at the start.  Look for some scattered showers and storms on Monday and more widespread rain and storms on Tuesday.

As for the Sahara Dust Plume that is taking over the Gulf of Mexico, expect to start to see signs of dust over the Commonwealth this weekend. The visuals will be a bit of a haze over the region and the potential for some rather spectacular sunsets. Vibrant reds and orange hues will be the main impact for the area. Folks with respiratory issues may have to take some extra precautions as there will be a good deal of particulate matter in the air. 

This week is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week so we have a Digital Original story to give you some tips on safety and lightning information. 

Stay Safe and healthy.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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