There is a pattern setting up in the region where waves of storm complexes are expected to ride into the Commonwealth from the northwest. The storms are orbiting around the northern edge of a ridge of high pressure to our southwest. This ridge is expected to stay fairly stationary over the next few days and that means that the stormy pattern will continue. Strong to severe storms are likely today, and for that matter the rest of the week.
Wednesday we can expect to see a cluster of storms arrive from the Ohio Valley and cross the region in the heat of the day. The chance for these storms to produce heavy rain and gusty winds is likely so the Storm Prediction Center has placed the region in the Slight Risk Category for severe storms tomorrow. Similar to today the storms will be pushing in past the mountains in the early afternoon then across the Piedmont in the late day time frame.
Thursday will be another day with storms arriving from the same location as this persistent pattern remains.
High temperatures are also expected to be hot with highs in middle 90s to low 90s east of the foothills until at least the weekend.
Not much relief is expected this weekend either, with the storms continuing to develop each afternoon. Flooding concerns will be high on the list of issues as we head into the weekend as there will have been several days with periods of heavy rain from this day until then.