It’s the start of a new work week and, for a change, we’re dry.

Yes, Monday will see no issues with rain; however, there will be areas of locally dense fog to start the day. Some areas could see near-zero mile visibilities for the morning commute, so be sure you leave early – especially if your travel route takes you on some mountain roadways.

The fog we have during the early morning will burn off quickly.

Into the afternoon, we’ll have some clouds and clouds mixing in throughout the day mainly west of the Blue Ridge and south of Route 460. Most other areas will see a good deal of sunshine throughout the day.

Monday’s highs will also be a bit warmer as highs climb into the 70s in the mountains and the lower and middle 80s elsewhere.

Tuesday brings in a good deal of sunshine with even warmer temperatures as highs climb into the 80s in the mountains and the lower and even some middle 90s east of the Blue Ridge.

There could be a few fairly spotty showers and thunderstorms possible in the heating of the day. Storms look to mostly be limited to our mountain locations west of the Blue Ridge.

On both Wednesday and Thursday, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible each afternoon across the entire region with highs dropping back to near-normal levels (largely into the 80s).

Friday looks near-normal as well with highs in the same area.

We’re watching for the potential for tropical development in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center says there’s a 30% chance of development from the middle to the end of this week as a surface low may develop along the coast that’s partially related to a slow-moving frontal boundary (the same one that passed over our region this past weekend). If something develops, it would be slow to intensify. Either way, coastal rains from Louisiana to the Big Bend area of Florida’s west coast will likely see some heavy rainfall even if it doesn’t develop into something tropical.

Enjoy the week ahead!

Gary Boyer