Stalled front keeps warm, muggy air with strategic storm placement
A fairly stagnant weather pattern sets up this week as a front gets "stuck"
This week’s weather will mainly be driven by a slow-moving front that will wiggle north and south over the next few days. A majority of the shower/storm chances through the first half of the week will be along and west of the Interstate 77 corridor. Even then, coverage will be scattered. By midweek, a slightly higher storm chance arrives as the front nears the area. Highs remain warm and muggy with temperatures in the upper 80s.
The stalled front lingers in the Carolinas and it could slide closer later in the day. Highs reach the 80s and low 90s with an increased chance of isolated afternoon showers and storms mainly along and west of the I-77 corridor toward the New River Valley and parts of the Southside. Elsewhere, any storms would be extremely isolated.
Rain chances increase around the region as our slow-moving front takes a jog to the north. Not only will this bring more clouds, but also pop-up storms to just about anywhere, but NOT everywhere, during the afternoon. Afternoon highs reach the upper 80s.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY
The stalled front finally pushes south out of the area during the second half of the week. This will bring a few drier days along with a return of the near-90° highs.
THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND
At this time, the 4th of July weekend does NOT appear to be a washout. but may offer a few scattered storms during the afternoon and evening. The highest coverage will likely be along the mountains. Afternoon highs climb to around 90° along with a return of the muggy air.
MORE SAHARAN DUST
The Saharan dust is still in the upper levels of the atmosphere. Air quality has improved for today and it will likely continue this week. Another large plume of dust in lingering over the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. This could move into the U.S. in the next 7-10 days but doesn’t look as dense as this past weekend. [Learn more: What to expect as the dust arrives here.]
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