The rain today and tomorrow is associated with the former Tropical Storm Beta that made landfall in Texas late Monday into early Tuesday. The rainfall may be heavy at times on Friday but today and tonight I expect to see scattered showers and not a lot of sunshine. The temperatures today and Friday will be well below normal due to the cloud cover and the rain. The rain is expected to pick up in intensity after midnight and should be more robust closer to the North Carolina line. Southside and portions of the NRV will be the focal point for the heaviest rain, but most everyone will see some rain shower activity before sunset Friday.
As we move into Friday the rain will become a bit steadier. The remnants of Beta will be slow to move through meaning a good old-fashioned soaking. This will get most of the region on the soggy side for the weekend and should keep us on the cool side Friday. The highs on Friday are expected to only reach the middle to upper 60s most locations and the upper 50s in the high country. The amount of rain will obviously vary from one location to the other, but the overall amounts should be around an inch or so by the time Friday night rolls around. Southside will be receiving the bulk of the rain but only minor flooding is expected. Low lying regions and poor drainage areas will be overrun, but not much else.
Here is when it gets a bit tricky as Saturday will be a mixture of clouds and sunshine but also a chance for some lingering light rain. The good news is that the area will only see a few light rain showers if they do linger, so keeping the rain gear handy is a good idea for Saturday. Temperatures do a quick rebound after the rains from Beta hit the road, so expect to see upper 70s and a few low 80s this weekend.
Sunday looks to be the better of the two days with the chance for us to get some sunshine and mild weather. If you have plans outside this weekend make sure to be prepared to deal with some muddy conditions. The rain will be absorbed fairly well into the ground as we have been relatively dry this week, but the overwhelming amount of rain in some spots may lead to puddles and muddy areas. Make sure to bring along some towels if you are taking your puppy out for a walk as the “mud room” will get a good deal of action this weekend.
Rain is slated to return on Monday and Tuesday as a cold front crossed the area on Monday night into Tuesday. This will not only bring rain, but a much cooler weather pattern. Highs will only top out in the 60s by Wednesday.
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