Pinpoint Weather: Rainy pattern persists through the weekend

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Rain will be likely, off and on, over the next several days as the region will be mired in a soggy pattern of rainy and mild weather. We should get about 0.50 – 0.75″ with the rain before New Year’s Eve, then about another 1.25″ or so over the weekend.

We are in-between some cooler air to the north and a batch of mild air in the south and there will be weak showers and rain pulsating through the Commonwealth into the weekend. The next few days look to bring periods of light rain and some pockets of heavy rain with the bulk of the heavy rain in the southern tier counties along the NC state line.

There may be the rumble of thunder at times overnight as the Storm Prediction Center has North Carolina in marginal risk for severe storms. There may be some push into our SE corner of the viewing area late this evening, but overall, the call is to keep the storms south of our region. Not ruling out a stray storm north with gusty wind, but most of the energy looks to be well south.  Updates if needed.

Sliver of the Marginal risk invades the Commonwealth Thursday, that is mainly for after midnight tonight.

Foggy spots are likely tonight as well, so make sure to use your low beams and slow it down in the regions with reduced visibility. Thursday will see spotty rain off and on and temps still well above normal, in the middle 60s.

As for the New Year’s Eve forecast there may be a bit more of a chance to see some rain before midnight. The models have been trending to bring us a better chance for a spot shower east of the Foothills Friday night before midnight but the bulk of the rainy pattern will be after midnight and through the day Saturday.

The rain Saturday will be very beneficial and I expect to see over an inch of rain being measured in the buckets that day. There should be periods of heavy rain off and on, so keep the rain gear handy and your boots. A cold front will be generating the rain and as it passes through on Sunday afternoon, a few flakes may mix in behind the rain. Winds will pick up too, and there will be a sharp dip in the temps Sunday with lows Monday morning below freezing. Patchy ice may develop on bridges and overpasses if we get a flash freeze situation.

The first week of the New Year should be quiet from Monday forward to at least the middle of the week.

Stay Safe
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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