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Shower/storm coverage increases into the weekend

Our greatest coverage of rain is expected to be Saturday evening
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 3:49 AM EDT
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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

  • Isolated to scattered shower coverage THU-FRI
  • Severe threat appears low at this time
  • Soaking could be setting up for late Saturday

REST OF THE NIGHT

Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are even possible into the evening. The main risk would be brief downpours and gusty wind in any thunderstorms.

After the showers taper off late tonight, look for areas of clouds and fog overnight with lows in the 50s.

A few showers and storms are possible late Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening.
A few showers and storms are possible late Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening.(WDBJ7)

FRIDAY

We’re looking at a fairly complex weather day Friday. A backdoor cold front will divide the area in half. Inside the wedge, a much cooler day with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Meanwhile, hometowns outside the wedge will reach the low/mid 70s.

Any shower activity would be very isolated and mainly confined to areas along where the boundary resides. This will likely be along and east of the Blue Ridge Parkway late in the afternoon.

A backdoor front will keep temperatures quite variable from 60s in some areas to around 70 in...
A backdoor front will keep temperatures quite variable from 60s in some areas to around 70 in others.(WDBJ7)

SATURDAY

The wedge begins to break with clouds lingering and a steadier rain developing during the afternoon Numerous to widespread showers are expected late Saturday evening/night with a few thunderstorms even possible.

Rain will move into the region late Saturday and linger into Sunday with 1-2" rain possible.
Rain will move into the region late Saturday and linger into Sunday with 1-2" rain possible.(WDBJ)

There is the possibility that some stronger storms down across the Carolinas may “steal” some of our moisture Saturday night which could lower the amounts. At this point we’re keeping around .50″ to 1″ possible for the region, mostly late Saturday.

Unsettled weather moves back into the region by Thursday and continues into the weekend.
Unsettled weather moves back into the region by Thursday and continues into the weekend.(WDBJ)

MARTINSVILLE RACE WEATHER

Fans and drivers will be watching the weather closely over the race weekend in Martinsville. Any rain/storm coverage Thursday and Friday would be isolated. You’ll want to take the rain gear Saturday if you’re headed to the track. Confidence is increasing that rain coverage will be widespread and perhaps even a few storms as we go into Saturday evening.

If the race needs to be postponed, Sunday afternoon should be dry.

Rain coverage becomes more widespread late Saturday evening which will likely impact the night...
Rain coverage becomes more widespread late Saturday evening which will likely impact the night race on Saturday.(WDBJ)

SUNDAY

Any leftover showers exiting quickly early Sunday morning. However, a few models suggest an afternoon shower may also be possible, while others keep the day dry. Afternoon highs reach the low 70s with breezy conditions.

We’ll get another stretch of dry weather into early next week.

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