The weather has been pleasant and dry for Sunday, but wet weather will move into Southwest and Central Virginia during the night and into Monday morning.
A low pressure system to our south will throw moisture in our direction. Clouds will increase as we approach the evening hours and rain will move in from the south and travel northward. By about 9 p.m. – 10 p.m., the widespread rain should start to approach the Route 460 corridor. The entire region will be under the rain shield by midnight.
The rainy weather will remain in place for the first half of Monday. Pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to localized flooding and rainfall estimates are expected to be around 1 – 2″. Use caution on the rain-slicked roadways and stay alert for potential flooding. A few claps of thunder are not of the question. The Storm Prediction Center has placed eastern portions of Charlotte and Halifax counties under a Marginal Risk for severe weather. A stray severe storm may develop with the potential to produce damaging winds and even an isolated tornado. Overall, the chances for severe weather are low, but they are not zero.
The bulk of the rain will exit the region early Monday afternoon, although a few showers may stick around. High temperatures will be in the upper 50s and low 60s east of the I-81 corridor, but temperatures will be cooler (low 50s and 40s) toward the west. Winds will pick up Monday afternoon.
On the backside of this system, a cold front will sweep through and colder air will move in. Lingering moisture along west-facing slopes will transition over to snow late Monday into Tuesday. Accumulating snow is mainly expected at higher elevations west of the I-81 corridor in the Greenbrier Valley along west-facing slopes and in southern portions of the New River Valley. However, snow could fall anywhere along and west of the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s just not expected to stick. The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to monitor the models to determine how much snow we could see.
Although not everyone will see snow for the beginning of the workweek, the entire region will have to deal with blustery winds and colder temperatures. Highs for the middle of the week will range from the chilly mid 40s to the cold low 30s. A few spots in the Alleghany Highlands may even struggle to warm up past the 30-degree mark. The brisk winds will make it feel colder outside, so make sure to bundle up!
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