There is an extremely complex weather system that is moving through the Commonwealth today which has the potential to develop severe storms. The main threat today will be gusty winds and hail, but there is the chance for an isolated tornado in our Piedmont locations so we need to be prepared to deal with the adversity of severe weather today.
There is a cold front that is expected to be one of the main starters for the severe storms but the overall system will be strong enough to get thunderstorm to develop. Expect to see a good deal of rain in the Highlands today as well, which may lead to some localized flooding. Dangerous lightning is always a concern with these types of events. The tornado threat is more than likely going to be a bit to our east but Halifax and Pittsylvania counties are in a region where a storm may spin. Please be careful today.
The afternoon will not be the end to the storms today either, there will be another batch of heavy rain arriving from the west and north early this evening and overnight. This batch may also be a bit robust with respect to the stormy weather as well.
Then, believe it or not, there is a chance for us to get some snow overnight in the Alleghany Highlands. This will be on the back end of the upper-level low that is moving across the region. Our area is going to go from possible tornadoes this afternoon to snow and sleet overnight. The season of change is Spring, which officially begins on Saturday (more on that at the end of the article).
Friday should be much cooler and a bit brisk with the chance for rain and snow early in the day. The rain may linger into the afternoon but clear out overnight into Saturday. A cold couple of nights are on the way as we may dip into the upper 20s in some spots this weekend.
There will be a lot of sunshine this weekend, but it will be on the cool side.
The Vernal Equinox is Saturday at 5:37 EDT as the direct rays of the sun will be over the equator. It is the beginning of the astronomical spring.