Pinpoint Weather: Storms likely on Saturday with some gusty winds, localized flooding possible

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While the weekend has arrived, it won’t exactly be a day to spend outdoors.

Into the Highlands, some showers and storms will be likely in some areas during the morning. By the afternoon, storm chances increase across the entire region. The main threat with storms will be gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall. Some cells could bring the risk for some localized flooding – depending on where these stronger cells develop.

The Storm Prediction Center does have the bulk of the area at a Marginal Risk of severe storms on Saturday.

Highs, on Saturday, will remain into the 80s in the mountains and will approach, if not even surpass the 90-degree mark further east.

Storms will linger on Saturday evening. By midnight, some isolated storms could linger, as will the risk for more showers. Areas of fog will be possible late tonight as well.

On Sunday, the northern part of the area will likely remain dry as a cold front passes through. Some storms will be possible, mainly south of Route 460 with storm chances increasing the further south you get towards and into North Carolina. Highs will be a few degrees cooler on Sunday, versus Saturday.

There could be a few isolated storms possible on Monday. It will also be a few degrees cooler with highs actually below average (upper-70s and lower 80s in the mountains and mid-80s elsewhere).

By Tuesday, we are expected to begin a drying trend which will last through the rest of next week. It is summer, so we can’t completely rule out a stray pop-up storm or two, but largely, we are looking mostly dry. Highs will also gradually increase back above average into the upper 80s and lower 90s east of the Blue Ridge with highs more so in the 80s further west.

So, keep in mind that there is a risk for strong-to-severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon that could impact your day. With the threat of locally heavy rainfall, remember that if you are driving and you come across a flooded roadway, don’t risk crossing it – especially if you cannot see the surface of the roadway. Turn around, don’t drown. Find another route.

Be safe and be weather aware today!

Gary Boyer

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