(WFXR) — A cold front is approaching from the west and there is ample moisture streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico as well as the western Atlantic to provide the region with stormy conditions through the late evening and early morning hours of Friday.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed the region in the Marginal Risk for severe storms with gusty winds as the main threat. They have also added the Slight Risk category for portions of our Piedmont locations as the line of storms will arrive east of the Blue Ridge later in the day.
The late day arrival of the storms will coincide with the afternoon heating so the atmosphere will be a bit more conducive to stronger storms. The threat is still mainly gusty winds, but there is chat about the potential for an isolated tornado as well.
The chance of a tornado will be east of Highway 29, and will be a low chance, but it is not zero so we will be watching for you.
The other issue to be concerned about today is the potential for localized flooding. The rain will be heavy at times and I do believe it will cause some urban and small stream flooding at times during the late afternoon and evening. Flash flooding in the hilly terrain is also a possibility so stay alert for rising waters in the area today and tonight.
Friday will be on the quiet side, relatively speaking, as some lingering rain will allow for some wet roads during the morning commute. Also, there will be a few pop-up storms in the afternoon but nothing organized. Temperatures will be in the middle 80s and it will be on the muggy side.
Saturday and Sunday will be typical of our summer patterns here in western Virginia with showers and storms capable of forming each afternoon in the heat of the day. Highs will be on the warmer than normal side, topping out in the middle to upper 80s.
Monday through the middle of the new work week we can look forward to some heat and humidity. Hazy, hot and humid will be used a lot to describe the weather for next week as the mercury in the thermometer will continue to push toward 90 as early as Monday and repeat that each day for a while. Associated with the heat will be the chance for some isolated storms to arrive each afternoon as well.