Rain from Sally arrives late this week

Much cooler weather expected by the weekend
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:55 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 11:13 PM EDT
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While the cool air has made it much drier and fall-like, smoke from the west coast wildfires contributed to the obstructed view of the sun along with more clouds that have moved into the area. We expect skies will remain partly cloudy into the evening with lows returning to the 50s.


If you need a totally dry day, Wednesday is your day. The humidity stays low into Wednesday along with partly cloudy skies. You’ll likely notice a hazy look to the sky even with the low humidity. That’s actually smoke that is suspended in the air from the West Coast wildfires. Fortunately, it will stay several thousand feet up and not impact our air quality. Highs reach the upper 60s in the mountains with mid to upper 70s for most areas.

Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has blocked the sun for much of the day. Did you notice the milky look to the skies?

Posted by Brent Watts WDBJ7 on Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Rainfall from hurricane Sally will slowly move northward with moisture expected in the Carolinas by Thursday. At the same time, a cold front will drop into the area from the northwest. The timing of these features will be crucial in determining which one wins-out. A faster front would push the rain quickly out of the area. A slower front would allow more rain to move northward.

Rainfall totals range from 1-4" with the highest across the Southside and lowest in the Highlands.
Rainfall totals range from 1-4" with the highest across the Southside and lowest in the Highlands.(WDBJ)

RAINFALL: At this time, areas expected to see the highest rainfall amounts will be across the Southside and along the VA/NC border from Patrick to Halifax counties where 1″ to 3″of rain is possible. To the north, from the western NRV to Roanoke, lesser amounts of rain of 1″ is possible. Across the Highlands, even lower rain totals are expected.

WINDS: At this time, strong winds shouldn’t be an issue.

TORNADO: Being on the northwest side of the system, the tornado risk for our area remains low.


The cold front responsible for suppressing the rainfall to the south will also deliver a second round of much cooler air just in time for the weekend. Highs will only reach the upper 60s with overnight lows in the 40s for most areas.

We'll feel much cooler weather by the weekend.
We'll feel much cooler weather by the weekend.(WDBJ)

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