Pinpoint Weather: Periods of heavy rain at times tonight, possible dry pattern next week

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The rainy pattern continues to maintain a grip on the Commonwealth. There are several weather features at work here and all are contributing to the gray and dreary weather.

The rain for the most part has been mainly over the New River Valley and Mountain Empire this week, as the area has received about 2 – 4” of rain since Monday. The good news is that the region has been able to handle the rain an only minor flooding has been reported. This may not be the case tonight as there will be a bit more robust rain arriving in the region.

The combination of the heavy rain along with the saturated soil is likely to lead to some flooding and flash flooding in that area. Be on guard tonight for the rainy conditions along with the possible rising creeks and streams.

Other locations have been relatively quiet with respect to the rainfall this week, although not void of rain. This is about to change tonight as well. Look for periods of heavy rain along the 81 Interstate drive, as well as our Piedmont counties.  There may be some minor flooding regionwide tonight with the focal point being the above mentioned NRV area.

The area of low pressure that has slowly migrated along the Mississippi River from the Delta to the Great Lakes is now expected to drift east toward the Canadian Maritimes. The result for us is one last shot of rain that will run south to north along the Appalachians tonight. This should be the last run of rain for us from that feature. But it is not the last of the rain this weekend.

An area of low pressure has developed off the coast of South Carolina and will meander near the Barrier Islands of North Carolina over the weekend. This feature is expected to bring rain and brisk winds to the coastal plains of the Carolinas and Virginia. 

The westward progression of the rain looks to stop short of our eastern counties of Appomattox, Charlotte and Halifax so we may only get cloudy and misty conditions after the rain from the northern low exits. Looks like some drying out and warming up is slated for Monday with some models bringing the temps back to the 80s.

In a nutshell, over the weekend there will be rain early on Saturday west of the Highway 29 line from Danville to Lynchburg, then some spotty showers into the evening. Clouds will linger on Sunday as the low off the coast threatens to provide rain, but may not push it this far west.

Keep the rain gear handy, stay on top of the possible flooding scenarios in your area and download our WFXR news app.

Stay Safe,

Chief Meteorologist
John Carroll

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