ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall near Emerald Isle, N.C. around 6:15 a.m. Saturday. The storm system will bring impacts to the Mid-Atlantic through the weekend.
Most of the rain, wind, and severe weather impacts will occur east of Southwest and Central Virginia. However, portions of Central Virginia and Southside could see one to three inches of rainfall with locally higher amounts possible. This could lead to a localized flooding threat. Winds will also pick up as the center of the storm moves through the Commonwealth. Gusts of 30 – 40 mph may occur.
Ophelia won’t be as impactful in the Roanoke Valley, New River Valley, and Alleghany Highlands. Rainfall totals could reach two inches in some spots with wind gusts up to 30 mph.
Overall, off-and-on rain is slated for Saturday with winds gusting up at times. Cloudy skies will be overhead with high temperatures in the cooler 60s. It will definitely feel like fall for the first day of fall.
Ophelia will begin to move out of Virginia on Sunday. A few lingering showers are possible during the morning with mostly to partly cloudy skies overhead. Afternoon highs will range from the 60s and into the lower 70s.
Monday looks to be mostly dry with afternoon temperatures in the 70s. However, a cool air wedge will bring showers back into the forecast for the middle of the upcoming week. Highs will generally be in the 60s.