Flash Flooding Remains Possible
Update 4:00 PM
The entire viewing area remains under a Flash Flood Watch until Saturday morning. River Flood Warnings remain in effect for minor flooding of the Staunton and Dan Rivers at Randolph, South Boston, and Paces. Keep an eye on water levels.
Showers and storms this evening will be mainly confined to the areas that saw more sun today- out towards the New River Valley. So areas west of Lynchburg and Danville are at greatest risk of more tropical downpours from slow-moving storms that could lead to more flash flooding.
Winds keep up out of the Northeast again on Saturday, keeping mostly cloudy skies in place with temperatures in the 70s for Central Virginia. Areas south and west of Lynchburg will have a better shot at hitting 80 degrees. There is a 30% chance of a shower or storm.
The dry cell of high pressure that has been locked over Bermuda for the past few weeks and has kept the rainy pattern right over us, looks like it will shift to the west into next week. This will lift the jet stream to the north and cut off the flow of topical moisture up the east coast. While the upper levels will be drying out.. there will still be some low-level moisture stuck in place, keeping a small, daily threat of showers and storms, but overall the pattern will be much drier.
Southeast areas remain under Flood Warnings and the entire viewing area remains under a Flash Flood Watch until Saturday morning. Also a River Flood Warning has been issued for minor flooding of the Staunton and Dan Rivers. Keep an eye on water levels.
There have been numerous road closures across the area. If you come upon a barricaded or water-covered roadway, remember: turn around don't drown! Never try and cross it in your vehicle.
This afternoon a cool front has stalled out over the eastern part of our state. Also an area of low pressure will develop and ride up the front. This will turn our winds from the northeast, keeping mostly cloudy skies overhead and more areas of rain possible. Some heavier rain could produce more flash flooding, however the flood threat is much lower than yesterday.
The rain chances drop off a bit heading into the weekend, with Sunday appearing to be the drier day of the two. Next week anticipate more of a typical summer weather pattern. We'll see partly sunny skies, very warm and humid conditions, with pop-up thunderstorms. Highs in the 80s to near 90.