Early-week system brings soaking rain, cooler temperatures

Widespread heavy rain for the start of the work week
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 6:53 AM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2022 at 11:56 PM EDT
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  • Widespread rain arrives Mon-Tue
  • Much cooler temperatures (60s)
  • Late-week front may bring more severe storms

The weekend ended with more strong to severe storms around the region as a cold front pushed through. The main risk this weekend was hail and damaging wind gusts which is still possible in stronger storms into the evening. In Franklin county, a large tree fell onto an SUV and power line (See Below). WDBJ7 was told those in the car were not injured, but the strong winds did knock out power in that area. Storms should diminish late this evening with drier weather overnight. It won’t last long, as a low pressure entering from the south will bring a soggy start to the week.


An area of low pressure along a cold front will help spread rain into the region starting early Monday morning, lasting throughout the day before finally tapering off late Tuesday morning. With northeast winds, temperatures will struggle to hit the upper 60s for most hometowns. This will lead to a cool, soggy start to the week. Be sure to take the umbrellas along.

A soaking rain arrives Monday and lasts into Tuesday.
A soaking rain arrives Monday and lasts into Tuesday.(WDBJ7)


High pressure will finally move into the region by late Tuesday afternoon shutting off the steadier rain and leading to more of an intermittent shower/storm pattern which lasts through the week.


Widespread, 2-Day rainfall should generally be .50″ to 1-inch. However, some areas along the VA/Border may see amounts topping 1-2″ before the rain tapers off.

At this time, any flood concerns appear low. However, should things change, we will be sure to pass info along on-air and online.

Rainfall totals through Tuesday could top 1"  in spots.
Rainfall totals through Tuesday could top 1" in spots.(WDBJ7)


Wednesday will feature scattered showers and storms. However, our next strong cold front will likely bring more numerous strong storms and heavy rain Thursday afternoon and evening. Since the ground will be wet, flooding could become a concern.

Fortunately, storms will move quickly helping to reduce the flood threat. Following the frontal passage Thursday night, surface high pressure will build over the region with a dry forecast for the weekend. Temperatures also begin to climb above normal again.


Saturday and Sunday appear sunny and warm at this time with afternoon highs climbing into the 80s. Shower/storm chances appear fairly low for now.