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Ida remnants bring heavy rain, severe risk tonight into Wednesday

We’re bracing for the threat of severe weather and heavy rainfall
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 4:04 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 12:40 AM EDT
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  • Plan for periods of heavy rain, localized flooding
  • Greatest impacts from Ida tonight and Wednesday
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TONIGHT

It has been a very active day of severe weather with numerous Tornado Warnings and even some confirmed wind damage in parts of the NRV with an observed tornado.

The first wave of rain and storms has moved through and we may see a break in the heavier rain and severe threat overnight. The second round of rain and storms arrives late tonight from the west.

WEDNESDAY

The core of Ida’s remnants move west to east through the area with pockets of heavy rain at times along with a few stronger storms. The system will take most of the day to move through and should exit by the evening.

The heaviest rain will be along and west of the I-81 corridor Tuesday into Wednesday.
The heaviest rain will be along and west of the I-81 corridor Tuesday into Wednesday.(WDBJ7)

RAIN - FLOOD THREAT

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through Wednesday night. Excessive rainfall of 2-4″ is likely and some locations could see 3-5″ of rain in any thunderstorms. Lower amounts are expected to the east toward Central/Southside VA.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for areas along/west of the Blue Ridge Parkway through ...
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for areas along/west of the Blue Ridge Parkway through Wednesday evening.(WDBJ)

TORNADO RISK

There’s a threat for a few brief tornadoes at just about any point as Ida moves through. Ida’s circulation remains quite strong. The risk of a tornado will return Wednesday during the early morning hours through around lunchtime west of the I-81 corridor. By the afternoon, the risk of severe weather and isolated tornadoes shifts to the Southside and Central VA.

WIND GUSTS

Tropical winds aren’t expected to be a big issue with this system. However, a period of sustained winds of 15-20 mph with gusts 25-30 mph can’t be ruled out. The highest gusts will be along the mountain ridges (Floyd, Blue Ridge Parkway, Highlands).

SPC outlook for Wednesday.
SPC outlook for Wednesday.(WDBJ Weather)

REST OF THIS WEEK

After Ida’s remnants , we will get a much needed cool down along with lower humidity into the first weekend of September. Highs will be in the 70s and lower 80s with comfortable conditions. Overnight temperatures will slip to the upper 50s.

The weekend remains dry through at least Sunday. A front will sweeping through the Great lakes by late Sunday into Monday bringing the next chance of any precipitation to the area.