Expect to see some showers and a few storms today and tonight as the rainy pattern will return to the region. There will be some locations that get a decent amount of rain and there is chance for a few isolated strong storms so keep that in mind if you are out and about. The rain should continue into the evening and taper off after midnight. Pockets of fog are expected to develop in locations that got some wet weather.
Thursday will be interesting as a wedge of cool air arrives and we should see a good deal of mix of cloud cover along with some spotty showers and isolated storms. There is going to be some clearing from the northeast to southwest and the showers should skirt the area. I expect to see some rain and a few storms in Southside Thursday along with the NRV, but may not be all that active in our northern counties.
Friday will be rainy and cloudy with a few storms. Rain may be heavy at times so minor flooding is expected. The rain will arrive from the southwest and be a bit robust. The rain moving north will have to do battle with the wedge so that usually means a slow start to the rain. Once it kicks off it should be fairly steady.
Saturday will be the day of transition as the rain will linger in spots and an area of high pressure off the Carolina coast should keep the bulk of the rain along the Appalachians. Sunday will be a partly cloudy day with the potential for some rain in the mountains late in the afternoon. Monday starts a period of dry weather for a couple of days.
Also, the tropics are heating up again, never really cooled down, as Tropical Depression 13 has formed in the Atlantic. This cyclone is moving quickly to the WNW at 20 mph. Should become a Tropical Storm Thursday evening and if so, it will be named Laura. Marco may be developing in the Caribbean shortly as well.
Of note, on the night of August 19-20 1969 the region experienced the most devastating and deadly flooding in the history of Virginia as Hurricane Camille moved over the region as a lingering tropical depression. The combination of available moisture in the region, a cold front to the north and the mountainous terrain… over 27” of rain fell in a small area of Nelson county in just over 6 hours. Over 150 perished and the region was destroyed. I will be talking about this event in a digital original right here on our website tomorrow. You should check it out.
Stay safe and healthy
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