There is a cold front dropping into the region from the north and ahead of that feature, we can expect to see showers and storms developing in the afternoon heat. Today will see more widespread rain than in the past couple, and the storms will be packing a punch. There will be plenty of moisture to work with so the pop and drop scenario will be likely. The storm will provide brief heavy rain that may lead to localized flooding so be prepared for rising waters on area waterways along with tough driving conditions.
There is a Flood Watch for portions of the viewing area through the evening as the storms will be rather robust as far as the rain is concerned.
The storms will be tapering off this evening as the energy from the sun is diminished so we will see some clearing. A few storms will linger, but overall the general theme is for the activity to decrease.
Thursday looks to be on the rainy side to start but not nearly as hot. The cold front will still be lingering around and there should be some lingering storms. The storms may not be as robust as today but, with the ground saturated in spots, it won’t take much for quick runoff and some localized flooding.
Friday and Saturday will be dry and warm with highs in the upper 70s in the Mountains and NRV as the Piedmont and Roanoke Valley look at low 80s. Plenty of sunshine to go around this weekend.
Sunday may see a stray shower or two, but nowhere near a washout.