Happy weekend!

Unfortunately, while the weekend is here, another weekend of showers and thunderstorms is forecast as well.

For Saturday night, any lingering showers and thunderstorms will start to dissipate shortly after dark. Most areas should be dry by the late-evening hours.

Lows drop back into the mid 50s in the west to the lower 60s further east.

Foggy conditions can also be expected to develop overnight as well.

In fact, a Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for Nelson County. Visibilities of 1/4 mile or less can be expected through early Sunday morning.

Sunday looks somewhat similar to Saturday as more showers and thunderstorms can be expected into the afternoon. One key difference, though, will be the risk for severe weather that’s slightly elevated.

The Storm Prediction Center has much of the region in a Marginal risk (scale 1 of 5) for severe storms that could be accompanied by damaging winds and large hail along with the chance for locally heavy rainfall.

Another key difference on Sunday will be warmer temperatures. Highs should reach the upper 70s in the mountains to the lower and middle 80s further east.

Storm coverage will lessen into Sunday night with lows in the mid and upper 50s in the mountains and the lower 60s east of the Blue Ridge.

Looking into next week, Monday also brings the risk for strong and severe thunderstorms during the afternoon.

Locations west of the Blue Ridge are under a Marginal risk for severe storms while areas east of the Blue Ridge are under a Slight risk (scale 2 of 5) for severe storms.

Monday’s highs will compare to Sunday’s highs.

Tuesday, though, looks dry and sunny (for a change). Humidity levels will even be a bit more comfortable with highs in the 70s in the mountains and the lower and middle 80s further east.

A late-day shower, maybe a stray storm could be possible Wednesday but most of the day should be dry with highs still in the 70s and 80s.

More 80s into Thursday with showers and storms again possible.

Friday, though, looks largely dry but hot with highs in the 80s in the mountains and 90s (yes, 90s) further east.

So, still keep that umbrella handy through the weekend. Periodically, you’ll need it.

I’ll have more in your forecast tonight on WFXR News First at Ten!

Gary Boyer