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Stormy weather returns this weekend

Heavy rain and flooding possible
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 3:45 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2021 at 9:37 PM EDT
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  • Quiet, muggy night
  • Front brings better storm chances this weekend
  • Elevated flood risk with a few stronger storms

THIS WEEKEND

A front will sink south and utilize the excessive humidity/moisture over our area to fuel better storm chances both days this weekend. Scattered to even numerous afternoon storms with heavy rain will be likely Saturday and Sunday. The main threat this weekend will be localized flooding and damaging winds. Models indicate these storms may be slow-moving and pack a ton of rain with them.

Numerous showers and storms could lead to localized flooding because of heavy rainfall.
Numerous showers and storms could lead to localized flooding because of heavy rainfall.(WDBJ Weather)

As for the severe threat, the Storm Prediction Center has placed a good portion of our area under a Marginal Risk of severe storms Saturday. Meaning isolated strong to severe storms are possible. The main threat from any strong storms would be heavy rainfall and strong damaging wind gusts. These storms will be slow moving so watch out for localized flooding. The severe weather will not be widespread.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of our area under a Marginal Risk of severe storms...
The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of our area under a Marginal Risk of severe storms Saturday.(WDBJ Weather)

Highs will still be warm, with highs in the 80s to near 90 on Saturday, but clouds and rain will limit temperatures Sunday into the 70s and 80s.