Pinpoint Weather: More storms expected during the afternoon; tropics continue active trend

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The weekend is here but the unsettled weather isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Saturday morning will start generally quiet. As the day progresses, clouds will build and storms will re-fire across the region. We can expect some storms to, once again, become locally strong-to-severe and be accompanied by damaging winds, frequent lightning and torrential rainfall that could lead to some flooding.

The Storm Prediction Center does have a Marginal Risk for severe weather mainly east of the Blue Ridge into the afternoon and evening hours, though a Slight Risk category has been added or locations east of Lynchburg including Appomattox, Brookneal, Phenix, Charlotte Court House and Drakes Branch.

Tonight, we anticipate scattered storms to continue even after sunset. Storm coverage should begin to diminish after midnight.

Highs on Saturday will range from the 80s in the mountains to the low-and-middle 90s toward the Piedmont.

On Sunday, we’ll see a respite from the heat. The 90s will be replaced by 70s and lower 80s across the entire region.

With that, off-and-on showers and some storms will return, but the severe threat isn’t expected to be as significant. Rainfall, though, could still be locally heavy at times.

Much of next week will continue to be unsettled with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible each day. Highs are also expected to be a bit below normal.

Now, on everyone’s mind is Fred which, as of 11 a.m., has lost its tropical characteristics but is expected to strengthen. Fred will move into the western Gulf of Mexico tonight and will continue its gradual approach on the Gulf coastline into early next week – likely making landfall near the Florida/Alabama coastal border. Once the system makes landfall, the storm will move north through Alabama. We’ll continue monitoring future forecasts to determine where exactly the storm is forecast to go, but we do expect some rain with this storm that is likely to move into our region late Tuesday and through the day on Wednesday.

Behind that, we have a new tropical storm that has officially formed. Yes, Tropical Storm Grace is also churning in the Atlantic. We’ve got plenty of time to watch this system’s strength and progress, but it certainly bears watching.

So, a very active weather pattern will bring us daily chances for rain and storms. Be sure the umbrella is nearby and be weather-aware. Strong storms could bring some locally damaging winds into the afternoon along with lots of lightning and heavy rain. Remember…if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck.

Enjoy the weekend, just be safe!

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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