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Steadier rain tapers off overnight as Sally exits

Flood Watch continues through Friday
Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 3:51 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2020 at 9:38 PM EDT
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Rain is slowly tapering off from west to east overnight. Most areas should see the steadier rain come to an end by midnight tapering from west to east. Clouds and a few showers will linger overnight with lows in the 50s and 60s. Rainfall totals have generally been in the 1-4″ range with the highest amounts along the Blue Ridge Parkway and east toward Central VA and Southside VA. Watch for standing water overnight while driving. Most rivers and streams appear to be holding up.

FRIDAY

Clouds linger Friday with occasional breaks of sunshine. With the exiting tropical system and a cold front approaching, we can’t rule out a stray shower during the first half of the day. Skies should gradually clear by late afternoon or early evening as drier and cooler air enters from the northwest. Highs warm to the low 70s for most areas, but turn much cooler behind the front this weekend.

MUCH COOLER WEEKEND

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.

Overnight lows slip to the 40s and 50s over the weekend.
Overnight lows slip to the 40s and 50s over the weekend.(WDBJ)

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

We now have Tropical Depression #22 in the Gulf. This as Sally exits the east coast, Teddy becomes a major hurricane in the Atlantic and Vicky fades away. The newest tropical depression will likely become “Wilfred,” our final name on the 2020 list of hurricane names. From there, we begin using the Greek Alphabet which hasn’t happened since 2005. Even then, we didn’t start using the Greek names until October 22. We are over a month ahead of schedule. None of these will impact our area. You can get the latest track and details in our Hurricane Center.

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