Friday remains dry ahead of wet conditions returning this weekend

Mostly dry for Friday, but this weekend heavy rain moves in.
Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 3:52 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2022 at 8:44 PM EDT
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  • Light showers at times for some throughout the evening.
  • Tropical moisture surges into the region late Saturday
  • Weather Alert Day on Sunday due to flooding concern

REST OF TODAY

Shower chances remain off and on into the evening. While mostly light, it’s not a bad idea to have the umbrella packed just in case! Drier air will begin to move in tonight with a mix of partly cloudy to clear skies. Low temperatures overnight will be in the 50s and low 60s.

FRIDAY

Friday will be the driest day of the work week with mostly sunny skies and highs in the 70s and low 80s. We also will notice comfortable dew points in place too. Your Friday night football game day forecast is also looking nice. Clouds will increase overnight and into our Saturday.

Beautiful weather returns Friday leading to a great night for football.
Beautiful weather returns Friday leading to a great night for football.

SATURDAY

A low pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico will begin to push rain into the area by Saturday afternoon.

Rain chances will increase throughout the day on Saturday. Areas to the southwest and along the VA/NC border will see rain first as southerly moisture from the Gulf moves north. Widespread coverage is expected by Saturday evening (around 6PM).

RAINFALL: .50″ to .75″

SUNDAY - WEATHER ALERT DAY

Sunday is looking like a gloomy, wet day. Consider it a lazy Sunday with outdoor plans not being favorable. Very humid air will continue to feed northward and get squeezed out along the mountains, especially Sunday morning.

Heavy downpours are possible which can heighten our flood risk. We have issued a Weather Alert Day due to the possibility for isolated flooding. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL: .50″ to 1.0″ is possible Sunday with 2-day totals of 1-2″+ of rain across the viewing area throughout the duration of the event which tapers off late Sunday.

Tracking widespread showers with isolated flooding possible for Sunday.
Tracking widespread showers with isolated flooding possible for Sunday.(WDBJ7)

Model guidance is showing the steadier rain may exit the region by the afternoon with lingering, scattered showers to follow.

Afternoon highs for Sunday hang tight into the 60s and low-mid 70s for most.

NEXT WEEK

A cold front will sweep through the region by the middle of next week delivering some refreshing, drier air and slightly cooler temperatures.

Behind the cold front, a much drier air mass arrives with increasing sunshine and fewer showers.
Behind the cold front, a much drier air mass arrives with increasing sunshine and fewer showers.(WDBJ7)

TRACKING THE TROPICS

Danielle has downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. This storm will continue to move towards Europe. This will not impact the United States.

Earl, just east of the Bahamas, strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday night. All signs show this system won’t impact the U.S. even as models suggest it could possibly become the first major (category 3 or higher) hurricane of the season by Friday.

The NHC (National Hurricane Center) is looking at the possible development of 2 more systems. Next two names on the list are Fiona and Gaston.

So far this season we have made it to the letter 'E' for tropical names.
So far this season we have made it to the letter 'E' for tropical names.(WDBJ7)

The peak time for development is September 10th. Track the latest in our Hurricane Center or on our new WDBJ7 Weather Stream.