Pinpoint Weather: Quiet pattern continues, spotty showers Saturday night

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Pinpoint Weather:  Quiet pattern continues, spotty showers Saturday night

The region is under the influence of an area of high pressure that will keep the skies mostly clear.  The temperature profile for the next several days has us well above normal as the mercury in the thermometer will rise into the 60s into the weekend.  As for the potential for rain and or snow, that will not arrive until next week.

Friday will be dry and tranquil, but Saturday will bring some cloud cover to the region.  Look for the chance for a few light rain showers to speckle the region along the Appalachian Trail overnight into Sunday, along with some light rain just east of Interstate 85 that may brush Halifax and Charlotte counties. Overall, for the most part, the area will remain shower-free until Monday.

Sunday will be a mixture of clouds and sun with the chance for rain being eliminated from the forecast.  The next wave of rain and mountain snow is slated for Monday.  A rather vigorous area of low pressure will develop in the southern tier states and migrate from Mississippi to off the Coast of Southern Carolina.  The Commonwealth will be close enough to the storm complex so we will see rain and some snow in the Mountain Empire Monday.

Similar to the event earlier this week we are not expecting a big hit from this and the region is not cold enough for us to get widespread snow. The forecast is calling for rainy and breezy conditions on Monday with highs near normal… in the upper 40s.  Tuesday will be the day between events as another more intense area of low pressure is expected to provide us with more rain and possibly a more aggressive wintry mix of rain and snow regionwide on Wednesday. The exact track will determine the amount and intensity of the next wave or nasty weather, but that track is not even close to being finalized.

On another front, there was a large solar storm a few days ago and the energy from the storm has made it to our Earth. The result will be an active Auroral Display north of the Commonwealth. The display will not be visible to us here in Virginia but if you are traveling into northern Pennsylvania, you may see the Northern Lights if full glory.

Stay tuned.

Stay safe and healthy

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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