Showers likely Thursday, isolated storms possible

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After a sunny Wednesday, rain returns to Southwest Virginia for Thursday.

An area of high pressure is exiting the region this Wednesday evening. While we will be dry for much of the night, clouds will increase overhead. Skies will become mostly cloudy and overnight lows will fall into the chilly mid to low 40s. Freezing temperatures and frost are not expected during the overnight hours.

Widespread rain will enter the region Thursday morning. While our southern states of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are seeing the chance for severe weather, we’re mainly looking at showers for the day. There is a slight chance for isolated thunderstorms in our southeastern counties, like Pittsylvania and Halifax counties. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Marginal and Slight Risk for severe weather for portions of Southwest Virginia. The main concerns with these strong to severe storms will be gusty winds and heavy rainfall. While the risk is fairly low, the threat for an isolated tornado is not zero, so stay alert. Much of the severe weather risk will stay to our south. Otherwise, grab the umbrella and rain jacket if you head out Thursday. Off and on showers will linger into the evening.

Most of the rain should exit the region sometime Friday morning. A few rain showers may linger into the early afternoon. Drier air will filter in later in the day. We could even see a little sunshine during the afternoon hours. High temperatures will be on the mild side, in the upper 60s and low 70s.

There is another chance for rain Saturday afternoon and evening. A few thunderstorms may come into the mix as well, so stay safe and alert if you’re camping of hiking this Saturday. Some showers may linger into Sunday, but much of the region will dry out for the afternoon. It will be breezy and cooler with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s.

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