Pinpoint Weather: Showers move in Tuesday ahead of strong midweek cold front

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(WFXR) — Grab the umbrellas as you head out the door this Tuesday. Rain chances will increase throughout the day and even more wet weather is in the forecast for Wednesday.

Patchy fog will impact the Tuesday morning commute for some drivers. Otherwise, skies will be cloudy due to a wedge of cool in place. Warm, moist air will rise over the cooler air, allowing for more clouds and off-and-on showers to develop. High temperatures will be in the upper 60s and into the middle 70s.

Rain chances will be higher during the afternoon and evening hours Tuesday. Periods of heavy rainfall are possible, especially along and near the crest of the Blue Ridge. Overall, 1 – 3″ of rainfall is expected across much of the area with higher amounts possible. Localized flooding may occur in areas that receive a large amount of rain. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for many counties along the Blue Ridge. Stay weather-aware and remember to never drive through floodwaters on roadways.

We’ve been watching a strong cold front that will move slowly toward Southwest Virginia Wednesday. It won’t be a persistent rain for the middle of the week: a batch of showers will move through Wednesday morning with another line of showers/storms sweeping through later in the day. Strong storms cannot be ruled out, especially with the line of rain slated for late Wednesday. These strong storms may produce gusty winds and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out in parts of the Greenbrier Valley. Localized flooding will also remain a concern.

Much of the wet weather should clear out of Southwest Virginia by Thursday morning, but lingering showers cannot be ruled out. Otherwise, skies will begin to clear overhead and winds will become breezy at times. This will be our transition day to more fall-like conditions. Highs will be in the 60s and lower 70s.

High pressure will build in behind the passing cold front. This means plenty of sunshine is in the forecast for the end of the week and into the weekend. Starting Friday, morning temperatures will be in the crisp 40s and 50s while afternoon highs will be in the 70s. The dry weather pattern will continue into the beginning of next week.

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