Pinpoint Weather: Quiet and cool pattern ends Thursday, rain expected through at least Friday

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The tranquil and cool pattern today will be short lived as a wet regime arrives in the Commonwealth late Thursday. 

Highs will be in the middle to lower 60s over the next several days, but the element that will change will be the opportunity for rain.  Rain is slated to arrive very late in the day Thursday or even overnight into Friday and when it does, the pattern may take some time to change.

An area of low pressure in the upper levels of the sky will slowly migrate over the eastern half of the country. This low will drop far enough south to be able to pick up some moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and bring it to Virginia.  Look for the rain to be rather robust at times and provide the potential for some minor flooding. If the rain lasts long enough, more widespread flooding is possible.

The rain looks to be off and on through the time frame of late Thursday into late Friday so keep the rain gear handy.  There may be some thunderstorms associated with these showers as well, so stay alert for lightning. The Storm Prediction Center currently does not have our region involved in any severe weather, but it will be something I will keep an eye out for you.

The other issue I see with the rain is very common this time of year is the street flooding.  The storm drains get clogged this time of year by all the leaves and the rain water has a tough time exiting the streets.  Ponding and pooling of water on city streets is a good possibility, so be alert for rather large puddles or reservoirs of water on the roads, dammed up by the leaves.

Saturday looks to be the end to the rain, but not the gray and dreary conditions. Although we may only see a few showers on Saturday, there will be a low chance for sunshine.  Winds may be once again in the breezy to windy range, so that may knock over some of your inflatables on the lawn.

Halloween looks to be on the cool and dry side.  Partly cloudy skies in the afternoon and evening with temps in the low 60s to upper 50s at prime trick or treat time.

Stay Safe,
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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