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Areas of fog return Wednesday along with the warmth

Watch for reduced visibility for the early morning commute
Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 3:55 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 6:52 PM EDT
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What You Need To Know

  • Orionids meteor shower peaks tonight - 1 a.m. until around sunrise
  • 10-12° warmer than average for much of this week
  • Dry conditions expected until the weekend
  • Watching Tropical Storm Epsilon

ORIONIDS METEOR SHOWER TONIGHT

Skies remain partly cloudy to mainly clear tonight which should be ideal for checking out the famous Orionid meteor shower. The American Meteor Society forecasts a handful of meteors per hour are possible overnight as dust and debris left behind from Halley’s Comet moves through the inner solar system.

The peak is coming at an ideal time since the moon phase is only at about 23% full, leading to better visibility. The big question will be cloud cover as cirrus clouds blow in from the west.

BEST TIME TO LOOK: 90 minutes to 2 hours before sunrise will be the peak time. However, anytime after 1 a.m. Wednesday you may see them.

HOW MANY CAN I EXPECT: Up to 10 per hour is realistically possible. However, some astronomers have suggested upward of 20 are possible.

WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY

High pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere is located in the Atlantic and remains strong which keeps a front stalled to our west. The only influence will be occasional clouds moving through along with warmer afternoon temperatures. Afternoon highs remain in the mid-upper 70s through the end of the week with lows in the mid 50s.

Temperatures close in on 80 with lots of sunshine.
Temperatures close in on 80 with lots of sunshine.(WDBJ)

THIS WEEKEND

Models have been scaling back on the easterly progress of the rain for the weekend. While we may receive an occasional shower, the best chance will be in the western mountains and along the VA/NC borders with clouds lingering elsewhere. We will continue to follow this closely, but at this time, you should still be able to get out and see those gorgeous leaves.

A cold front remains to our east this weekend with limited shower chances expected.
A cold front remains to our east this weekend with limited shower chances expected.(WDBJ)

EARLY NEXT WEEK

By Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, the cold front should make easterly progress into the area leading to a better chance of rain followed by cooler weather for the final days of October.

TROPICS

A tropical depression in the Atlantic has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Epsilon. It will likely impact Bermuda with little threat for a US landfall. One more tropical storm would tie the record set in 2005. For reference, Tropical Storm Epsilon in 2005 formed on November 29.

Here's the latest on Epsilon.
Here's the latest on Epsilon.(WDBJ)

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