Strong to severe storms are expected to speckle the landscape of Virginia into the overnight time frame, tapering off after midnight. Some of the storms may bring brief periods of heavy rain that may lead to localized flooding or flash flooding in some of our more flood prone regions.

The storms have been forecast to become severe today by the Storm Prediction Center and we are in the Marginal Risk Category. The main threat today will be gusty winds and some hail, but flooding is also a concern as mentioned above.

The storms are out ahead of a cold front and in the warm sector today so the percolation process will be noticed as the storms are expected to “pop up” in the heat of the day and migrate slowly. This will lead to the flooding nature of the day.

Once the storms taper off and the front passes we should start to see a drying out period. The winds will be moving from the Northwest after the front and that usually helps to dry out the Commonwealth. Highs on Thursday will be in the middle 80s then hover around the 80° mark east of the foothills Friday. The NRV and Highlands will be about 7 – 10 degrees cooler.

Friday looks to be quiet to start but clouds move in as the day moves along and rain will return after the sun goes down. Saturday looks to be rainy, off and on, so keep the rain gear handy. If you plan on working on the garden this weekend, Sunday may be a better choice.

Stay Safe,
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist