ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The hot, muggy, and stormy weather pattern continues across Southwest and Central Virginia this Friday. However, relief from the heat is on the way.
Pockets of fog may impact the Friday morning commute, so use caution while driving and keep the low beams on. Otherwise, it will be a humid and mild start to the day with morning temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Variably cloudy skies will be overhead with high temperatures in the warm 80s. Stay weather aware as scattered showers and storms are back in the forecast.
While a few spotty morning rain showers cannot be ruled out, rain chances are higher during the afternoon and evening. A few storms may become strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has a Marginal Risk for severe weather for a majority of Southwest and Central Virginia.
The main storm concern is damaging wind gusts. A few power outages may occur as a result. There’s also the issue of locally heavy rainfall, which may cause concerns regarding localized flooding and cars hydroplaning on roadways. While the hail risk is low, it’s not zero. Remember to have at least two ways to receive storm warnings.
More showers and storms are expected for the start of the weekend. For Saturday, the Storm Prediction Center has a Marginal Risk for severe weather in place for portions of Southwest and Central Virginia. Rain is possible at any point of the day. Gusty winds and downpours will be our main issues.
Saturday won’t be as warm outside. The rain and clouds will keep temperatures on the mild side. Expect high temperatures to reach the middle and upper 70s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Elsewhere, highs will be in the 80s.
A few spotty showers and storms may linger into Sunday, but drier weather is slated to return later in the day and into the beginning of next week. It will be cooler than average Sunday with highs in the 70s and lower 80s. More sunshine is slated for Monday with more seasonably warm temperatures in the 80s.
A warming trend will take place Tuesday into Wednesday as lower 90s return to portions of Southwest and Central Virginia. We may see a few storms return to the region by the middle of the week.