Sally’s remnants move in Thursday

Areal Flood Watch goes in effect tomorrow
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 3:51 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 7:27 PM EDT
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It’s been quiet these past few days, but that’s about to change. Clouds will increase overnight as Sally moves farther inland. Rain begins to move in early Thursday with steadier, heavier rain possible Thursday night into Friday. The remnants of Sally should exit the area Friday morning leading to a fall-like weekend with highs only in the 60s. It looks like the nice weather sticks around into next week.


After another quiet and cool day, conditions will begin to change tonight. Clouds will increase from the south as the remnants of Sally inch farther inland. Lows overnight will still be plenty cool falling into the 50s area-wide. A few showers can not be ruled out in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday.


Rainfall from hurricane Sally will slowly move northward with moisture expected in our area 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. An Areal Flood Watch will go into effect Thursday morning and last into Friday afternoon.

Flash Flood Watch begins Thursday morning.
Flash Flood Watch begins Thursday morning.(Grey)
Sally's remnants could bring flooding to Southside.
Sally's remnants could bring flooding to Southside.(WDBJ Weather)

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 where a sharp cut-off a rain will be found. 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 very 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.

Temperatures remain cool this weekend.
Temperatures remain cool this weekend.(WDBJ Weather)

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