Dry weekend ahead of next week’s powerful storm
Rain returns Sunday and Monday with cold, windy air to follow
We wrapped up another gorgeous day as highs climbed to the 50s and 60s. Skies remain partly cloudy overnight with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Areas of fog are possible.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
- Strong storm brings soaking rain Sunday night/Monday
- Cold blast of air returns
- Leftover rain changes to snow for some
The weekend look fairly quiet with partly cloudy skies and mostly comfortable weather. Highs will start in the 50s and 60s Saturday with more 50s Sunday.
Our next chance at widespread rain will come Sunday night into Monday with a potent system that could bring an inch or more to many areas.
SOAKING RAIN SUNDAY NIGHT-MONDAY
A major pattern shift takes place next week as a powerful cutoff low pressure system moves over the area. This will bring a bubble of very cold air into the Mid-Atlantic with highs only in the low 40s, which is being optimistic, as most areas may not get out of the 30s Tuesday..
The cold blast lasts for several days and modifies some over the 5-day stretch.
First comes the rain. A soaking rain will arrive late Sunday night into Monday. Much of the rain should taper off before the afternoon.
RAINFALL TOTALS: Between 1-2″ possible with locally heavy downpours late Sunday night and Monday.
Rain will be followed by cold air that wraps into the system Tuesday. If it can arrive fast enough, we may see our first snowflakes of the season for some areas along and west of the Blue Ridge.
While most of the significant snow would likely remain in the Ohio Valley along with the West Virginia and North Carolina mountains, there’s even the potential for some snow to fall as far east as the NRV, Highlands and even Roanoke Valley if the cold air moves in fast enough. Don’t set your expectations too high. Not only will it get much colder next week, but also very windy Tuesday.
EARLY THOUGHTS ON AMOUNTS
Gusty winds may blow snowflakes over the mountains into Virginia, but it’s unlikely we’d see any accumulating snow that would stick due to the warm ground.
The “sticking” snow will be confined to areas where snowfall rates will be highest, mainly across the ski country of West Virginia (Deep Blue and Yellow colors below).