Pinpoint Weather: Rainy conditions into Saturday with near record highs and gusty winds

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Showers this afternoon are expected to taper off around midnight Friday night as we take a break between raindrops and await the Main Event slated for Saturday.

A line of strong showers and possibly some isolated thunderstorms will push through the Commonwealth ahead of a cold front. The timing of the front and the rain is from the middle of the day in the west and the early evening in the east. The line of showers is expected to produce gusts near 40 mph or more and the rain will be in the 0.5 – 1”.  

The Storm Prediction Center has placed a good portion of the viewing area in the Marginal Risk Category for severe storms. The storms may produce gusty winds in the 30 – 35 mph range and at times gusts near 60 mph are possible.

The line of rain and possibly some storms will be intensifying as it clears the Blue Ridge late in the day or early in the evening.

Damage to your lawn decorations may be a concern, so if you have any inflatables or other delicate decorations, it may be best to protect them or keep them uninflated until Sunday.

The other issue Saturday will be the mild conditions that will arrive ahead of the rain. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 70s east of the Foothills and that could be enough to break or tie a few records.

The showers should start to end before the sun rises on Sunday as partly cloudy skies take over. Sunday will be dry and breeze and much cooler air will be in place. Highs on Sunday will only reach the upper 40s to low 50s.

This will be the beginning of another run of dry weather as the skies are likely to be mostly clear until at least the end of the new work week. Look for the temperatures to rise back to the 60s next week as well.

Stay Safe
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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