Several strong storms are expected along the Coastal Plain today and may develop over the Piedmont as well. A few storms have already fired up in Pittsylvania, Halifax and Charlotte counties before noon. There is a trend for more storms to push into the region as the day heats up so keep on guard as the storms may produce gusty winds near 60 mph.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire region under the Marginal Risk category for severe storms today with our eastern counties in the low percentage to see an isolated tornado. Most of this activity will continue in the heat of the day, but should also return tonight as a cold front arrives from the west. Brief rounds of heavy rain are expected this afternoon over the Piedmont, so minor flooding is possible.
The cold front will be the focal point for some strong storms in the west, although most will not be as intense as the east, a few robust storms may generate some damaging winds. The rain will be off and on and should end before sunrise Thursday. Areas in the east will still see some rainy weather in the morning Thursday but once that clears it looks very pleasant and dry for the rest of the week and into the weekend.
Friday and Saturday will be sunny and mild with highs in the low 80s then Sunday and Monday will see a return to summer-like heat with highs near or above 90.
As for the tropics, Larry will stay well off shore, but now Tropical Storm Mindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The path is generally forecast by the models to move over the SE United States and kick out into the western Atlantic.
This weekend is very special, it is the first of three weekends for Freedom Fest at New Freedom Farm in Buchanan. The weather for this weekend looks really good for an outdoor event. New Freedom Farm Freedom Fest Forecast is looking good. Saturday will be sunny and day and so will Sunday. Mornings may see a bit of fog on the farm but should be gone before the gates open at 9 am.