The area of high pressure off the coast of the Carolinas is starting to shift a bit to the east today. The shift will open the door for an increase in moisture/humidity as well as the chance for some rain. There is a slight chance for the Highlands to see some rain/storms later today. The SPC has placed a couple of our counties in the Marginal Risk Category for sever storms. Main threat will be the wind along with hail around the size of a quarter.
Another chance for rain will be out ahead of a front that is expected to cross the Commonwealth late Thursday into early Friday morning. The rain will be mainly in the mountains but some showers may drift east of the Foothills Friday morning. There is the chance for us to hear the rumble of thunder in the hills Thursday night and early Friday, but severe storms are not expected this far east.
The main result of the front will be cooler air and windy conditions. There are some hints at gusts in the 30+ mph range on Friday, which will be robust but probably not enough to prompt the NWS to issue a Wind Advisory. Depending on how much rain we get, there is also the concern for wildfire and brushfire danger. Winds will assist any flame so be mindful of your campfires and cigarette butts.
This weekend will be very nice if you like dry and cool weather. The winds will still be a bit brisk, but not overwhelming. Expect to see plenty of sunshine both Saturday and Sunday along with the breeze.
Monday will bring back the slight chance for some rain, but not much. Tuesday is also going to bring a chance for some rain and maybe a few storms. Wednesday looks like a slight chance for rain as well.
Remember “In the heat to Check the Back Seat” as your car can heat up significantly in the summer heat. We have summer heat, so never leave kids or pets in the car.