Widespread rain returns late Thursday
A soaking rain is expected to start late Thursday and lingers into Friday
- Rain develops during Thursday afternoon
- Rain may be heavy by Thursday night - Friday AM
- Unsettled weather lingers into the weekend
The day begins dry with increasing clouds through the morning, turning overcast by lunchtime. This will keep temperatures from warming much above the upper 50s to low 60s. The first wave of showers will arrive during the afternoon. Because we’ve been so dry, it will likely take several hours to saturate the clouds. By early evening, rain will have overspread the region with a soggy drive home expected.
Overnight, everyone should be experiencing moderate to heavy rain. New Rainfall: Up to .25″ possible during the day, with another 1″+ possible overnight through Friday morning.
The most substantial rain will likely end up falling through midday Friday. There may be some occasional breaks, but overall, the week will end cloudy and soggy. High school football games will also likely be impacted as rain chances remain high into Friday night. New Rainfall: .75″ to 1.5″ possible.
Most models suggests we’ll see frequent showers through at least Saturday morning. The later we go into the weekend, the less likely the showers become. If the system slows down, we could be talking about rainy conditions lingering much of Saturday. We should know more the closer we get to the weekend.
TOTAL RAINFALL: Widespread amounts of 1″ to 2″ are possible through Saturday with locally higher amounts up to 3″ in spots along the Blue Ridge. The river flood risk remains low. However, poor drainage areas may become flooded during periods of heavy rain.
As the storm departs, rain chances decrease considerably Sunday. Skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the 50s and low 60s. Winds also turn gusty thanks to a rapid pressure rise behind the storm.
Trick-or-treaters should plan for breezy, dry and cool conditions as they head up and down the streets in search of candy. You can leave the umbrellas behind along with the heavy jackets. Temperatures will likely be in the upper 50s around sunset Sunday.
We start the first week of November dry with lots of sunshine and warming temperatures. Models are struggling with the placement and timing of a cold front dropping into the Midwest by midweek. This would likely bring an uptick in shower chances should it enter the region late in the week. We’ll watching this closely.
It’s also accompanied by another cool down as we enter the first weekend of November.
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