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Strong storms linger into the evening; Another active weekend expected

Hot, humid stormy weather continues today
Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 3:51 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2021 at 7:58 PM EDT
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  • Severe storms possible into this evening
  • More rain likely this weekend
  • Cooler by Sunday
Strong winds brought down trees in Christiansburg Friday afternoon.
Strong winds brought down trees in Christiansburg Friday afternoon.(Larry Rush)

STORMS DIMINISH INTO THE EVENING

It has been another busy afternoon thanks to the excessive heat and humidity. Once again, dozens of storms developed with a handful of them turning severe. Damaging wind gusts have been the biggest issue along with dangerous lightning and torrential downpours.

  • Storm coverage and intensity diminishes greatly after sunset but a few linger overnight
  • Watch for standing water and tree debris from earlier storms

WEEKEND COLD FRONT

A slow-moving cold front will enter the region bringing additional showers and storms. We may see a few of them early Saturday morning, but they become more numerous and stronger by the afternoon and evening. Similar to our previous days, storms could either miss you, or dump a quick .25″ to .50″ in your backyard. The Severe Risk isn’t high, but a few stronger storms are possible during the afternoon.

Ahead of the front we remain hot with highs in the low-mid 90s.

By Sunday, the front passes overhead with a high pressure system over New England pushing in clouds and showers for the region. Chances will be greatest along the cold front which should be near the VA/NC border. Tropical showers and clouds will also keep temperatures much cooler, only reaching the upper 70s and low 80s.

A cold front will usher in cooler air by Sunday, but showers and storms continue.
A cold front will usher in cooler air by Sunday, but showers and storms continue.(WDBJ)

TROPICAL INFLUENCE NEXT WEEK

Fred has faded over the past few days but may regain strength as it enters the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. A landfall near the panhandle of Florida, then a push inland toward Kentucky by Wednesday, will likely mean abundant tropical air resides over the area next week.

This will likely lead to extensive clouds, drizzle and even organized, heavier rain at times late Monday. Should Fred’s remnants move right over the areas, we could have rain likely lingering into Tuesday and Wednesday before a more typical summer variety storm chance returns late next week.

Tropical Full

Beyond the weekend, any impact on our area as a result of the tropical system would take place by midweek of next week. We could certainly stand to see some tropical rain. Several models suggest heavier amounts of rain may impact our region next week.