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Storm chances continue into the weekend

Tropical moisture amplifies our storm chances through next week.
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 4:00 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 11:27 PM EDT
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The Storm Prediction Center has placed the eastern part of our region under a Marginal Risk of severe weather this afternoon. The stalled out front will remain in place through the rest of today, but will finally be on the move this weekend. However, storm chances remain high throughout the weekend as an upper low moves by. The main threat would be localized flash flooding and also some localized damaging wind gusts during this time. We’ll also continue to monitor Hurricane Isaias which the latest models suggest could bolster our storm chances early next week.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Our stalled front continues to lead to storm chances across our area. Most of the activity has been across areas north of 460 closer to the boundary. We’ll continue to see scattered showers and storms through the late evening hours before our weather settles down overnight. The rest of the night will be muggy with some patchy fog into the early morning hours of Saturday. Lows fall only into the upper 60s to low 70s.

WEEKEND

We’ll continue to see a mix of sun and clouds through the weekend with highs holding in the upper 80s to near 90. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will also be likely each afternoon. Some of those showers may fall heavily at times keeping the chance of localized flooding Saturday and Sunday. The influence of Isaias may even be felt as early as Sunday afternoon as tropical moisture is funneled ahead of the system into our area. This may lead to an area of heavy rain by the afternoon.

Another system will ride along the front keeping the chance of showers and storms going.
Another system will ride along the front keeping the chance of showers and storms going.(WDBJ)

TROPICS

Hurricane Isaias (ees-ah-EE-ahs) bears close watching through this weekend as it continues moving closer to the US. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has it as a Category One storm as it heads towards the United States. The farther east of our area the track takes it the less impact we’ll see. If the track shifts farther to the west we’ll have the potential of getting more tropical moisture. Latest models have indicated higher potential of a inward track into the Coastal Carolinas. This path would likely lead to widespread storms across our area both Monday and Tuesday. Winds are not expected to be an issue here.

A coastal storm will likely bring heavy rain and winds to the US.
A coastal storm will likely bring heavy rain and winds to the US.(WDBJ)

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