SUNDAY: The high pressure moves offshore and moisture surges into the area by Sunday. Rain showers advance northward as a disturbance tracks out of the Gulf States. Get any outdoor work done first thing tomorrow before rain arrives by the afternoon. The rain will fall heavy at times Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. 1" - 2" of rainfall is expected with locally higher amounts through Monday morning. Temperatures will be much cooler in the low to mid 60s.

TIMING - Scattered showers will develop first early Sunday while the bulk of the moisture arrives around lunchtime. The rain will progress northeastward along the Blue Ridge reaching the Roanoke Valley around 12pm and Lynchburg around 2pm.

IMPACTS - The heaviest rain will fall in the evening around dinner time. A flood watch has been issued for areas along the Blue Ridge with the potential for 2"+ of rain to fall. This may lead to flooding of creeks, streams and low lying areas. Be alert for possible warning in these areas especially if living in flood prone areas.

Timing of Sunday's Rain

POSTED: 10:32 PM EDT Apr 18, 2015    UPDATED: 10:32 PM EDT Apr 18, 2015 

Moderate to heavy rain will begin to fall in the early afternoon and continue into the night. Rain accumulations could top 2" in places which will lead to a flooding concern. Stay alert!

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MONDAY: The storm system will exit by Monday morning leaving variably cloudy skies and warmer temperatures in its wake. Highs reach the mid 70s. Next up - a cold front. This front will help fuel strong to severe storms east of the Blue Ridge. Several ingredients are in place for severe storms to develop. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the VA & NC Piedmont in a slight risk for severe weather Monday afternoon with a marginal risk in the mountains. 

REST OF THE WEEK

Temperatures cool back down behind the front Tuesday and through the rest of the week with highs below normal in the mid 60s. A chilly breeze is possible on Tuesday with more clouds overhead Wednesday. Next chance for rain arrives Thursday as another cold front moves through. This will reinforce another shot oc