Pinpoint Weather: Some pop-up storms Saturday; gradual warming trend into next week

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Hello weekend!

During the day on Saturday, we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds – especially as we head into the afternoon as we have the chance for a few pop-up showers and thunderstorms possible across the region.

Temperatures will be relatively comfortable – considering we’re in the latter part of August – in the 80s across the area (some 70s in the higher elevations.)

Into Saturday night, we should be Fair to Partly Cloudy, but there will likely be some areas of fog to deal with as lows drop into the 60s.

On Sunday, we could see the return of a few pop-up showers and thunderstorms across the region but they should be few and far between. Highs will return to the 80s in the mountains; upper 80s to near 90 further east.

Into next week, we look dry to start but temperatures will be warming. The metro areas (Roanoke, Lynchburg and Danville) should see highs in the mid-90s. Elsewhere, we’re looking at 80s to lower 90s – generally speaking.

By Wednesday, we’ll re-introduce the chance for showers and thunderstorms. That chance will continue through the rest of next week with a gradual drop in temperatures from the lower and middle 90s east of the Blue Ridge and 80s in the mountains on Wednesday back down into the upper 80s east and lower 80s in the west.

The tropics continue to be a bit on the active side.

Henri is expected to make landfall, possibly as a low-end hurricane into New England on Sunday. Should this scenario happen, it would be the first hurricane to make landfall in New England in 30 years. I know, you’re thinking, “What about Sandy?” When Sandy made landfall, it didn’t have tropical characteristics. (Remember the snow in parts of the mountains with that storm?) Anyway, The metro locations of New England (New York City, Providence and Boston) could all see significant impacts. The storm is expected to kick out to sea early next week.

Grace made landfall in Mexico and is expected to dissipate in the mountains of central Mexico this weekend, so it’s of no threat to the east coast.

Another system in the eastern Atlantic – off the coast of Africa – bears watching, but it’s very disorganized.

Back locally, with the chance for a few showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon today, be sure the umbrella is handy. We’re not expecting widespread storm coverage, but there will likely be a few pop-ups out there.

Enjoy the weekend, be safe and have fun!

Gary Boyer

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