The area of high pressure off the coast of the Carolinas is starting to shift a bit to the east today. The shift will open the door for an increase in moisture/humidity as well as the chance for some rain. The chance for rain will be out ahead of a front that is expected to cross the Commonwealth through the evening and taper off before sunrise Friday. The rain will be mainly in the mountains but some showers may drift east of the Foothills Friday morning.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas west of the Interstate 81 line under the marginal risk for severe storms for this evening. Gusty winds should be the main issue, but periods of heavy rain and lightning will also be a concern.
Once the cold front pushes through the result will be cooler air and windy conditions. There are some hints at gusts in the 30+ mph range overnight and into Friday and through the day so the NWS issued a Wind Advisory.
Due to the dry fuel on the ground and the windy weather, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued by the NWS as well.
After a few days in the 80s the front will provide relief from the heat as highs will only reach the low 70s. this is still about normal for late April/early May but since we have been so very warm, the 70s will feel cool.
This weekend will start out on the dry and cooler side but by Sunday the mercury in the thermometer gets back above 80. Before that happens, there will be a cold snap in the mountains Friday night into Saturday morning. A Freeze Watch has been issued for Friday night. Temps will be cold enough for long enough to damage tender vegetation and crops.
The winds will still be noticeable but not overwhelming this weekend. Expect to see plenty of sunshine both Saturday and Sunday along with the breeze.
Monday will bring back the chance for rain and maybe a few thunderstorms. Tuesday is also going to bring a chance for some rain and maybe a few storms. Wednesday looks like a slight chance for rain as well.
Remember “When your feel the heat…Check the Back Seat” as your car can heat up significantly in the summer heat. We have summer heat, so never leave kids or pets in the car.