Slow-moving storms continue to develop into Saturday evening
Hot and humid through the holiday weekend
- Scattered storms possible again Sunday
- Slow-moving downpours and gusty wind
- July 4th not quite as active
Slow-moving thunderstorms continue to develop this afternoon and will likely linger into the evening. With the slow speed of the storms and high amount of water in the clouds, expect downpours which will lead to localized flooding. Use caution while driving and NEVER venture through flooded roads.
Make sure to have the WDBJ7 Weather App to monitor conditions. Seek shelter indoors if thunder roars or you see lightning!
SEVERE RISK: The region remains in a marginal risk for severe weather (Level 1 out of 5).
After a bit of a break overnight, shower and storm chances ramp up early Sunday as the cold front nears the region.
The biggest risk with the weekend storms will be slow-moving, heavy downpours which may accelerate flood concerns. In addition, intense microbursts (straight-line winds) are possible. Dangerous lightning can also be expected. The best chance of showers and storms Sunday will likely be in the New River Valley and along the VA/NC border.
The cold front should nudge southward across the Carolinas on Monday. This may reduce the coverage of storms experienced earlier in the weekend. Much of the day should be dry with hazy sunshine and highs returning to the upper 80s to low 90s.
Fireworks displays Monday evening shouldn’t be impacted by the weather if everything goes as planned.
We hold onto the same conditions we see this weekend all throughout next week. Highs climb to the upper 80s and low 90s with muggy air and the typical chance for showers and storms as our frontal boundary stays parked to our south.
TRACKING THE TROPICS
Right now our area will not see any direct impacts from tropical systems. The Atlantic is becoming more active, and the National Hurricane Center has their eyes on three systems. Tropical Storm Colin formed this morning and will likely impact coastal North and South Carolina through the holiday weekend. This will have minimal impact to the region, but it could help with the development of storms as our front sinks South today.
Tropical Storm Bonnie is now our second named storm for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. This system will continue to make its way through the Caribbean impacting Central America.
Another system is that we will need to watch is still in the Atlantic. That has a low chance of formation within the next 5 days, is another one that could trek into the Caribbean Sea.
Get updated information on the tropics in our Hurricane Center.
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