Weather Alert Day Saturday: Turning wet with pockets of heavy rain at times

Moderate to heavy rain may lead to localized flooding
Published: Sep. 9, 2022 at 2:54 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2022 at 9:03 PM EDT
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  • Showers arrive during the morning
  • Rain may be heavy at times Saturday night into Sunday
  • Weather Alert Day on Saturday & Sunday due to flooding concern

FULL HARVEST MOON TONIGHT

Skies will turn increasingly cloudy late tonight as the Gulf moisture inches closer. We should still have a great view of the Full Harvest Moon, Saturn and Jupiter before skies turn overcast.

Jupiter and Saturn will bookend the Full Harvest Moon tonight. Look in the southeast skies...
Jupiter and Saturn will bookend the Full Harvest Moon tonight. Look in the southeast skies during the evening.(WDBJ7)

SATURDAY (Weather Alert Day)

You’ll want to plan especially during the afternoon and evening. Plan for morning showers followed by a more steady rain by late in the afternoon.

MORNING: A few showers arrive from the south Saturday morning but coverage will be spotty and amounts light.

AFTERNOON: Showers become more numerous as coverage increases, especially the later we go into the afternoon. Pockets of heavy rain are possible toward evening.

SATURDAY EVENING INTO SUNDAY MORNING: The rainfall amounts and coverage will pickup Saturday night, and may be heavy at times. With a fully-saturated atmosphere, we could have some localized flooding issues if waves of rain hit the same areas over and over. The biggest concern is along either side of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Heavy downpours are possible which can heighten our flood risk. We have issued a Weather Alert Day due to the possibility for isolated flooding.

The heaviest rain is expected Saturday evening into Sunday morning.
The heaviest rain is expected Saturday evening into Sunday morning.(WDBJ7)

Afternoon highs will be scattered in the 60s and low-mid 70s.

SUNDAY (Weather Alert Day)

Sunday is looking like a gloomy, wet day early on. However, we will get some breaks in the rainfall during the afternoon with mostly off/on showers bringing spotty coverage.

RAINFALL TOTALS:

Widespread amounts of 1″ is likely, with 2″ - 3″ along the Blue Ridge Saturday night into Sunday. The final wave looks to exit north Sunday afternoon.

Tropical moisture brings a chance for isolated flooding this weekend.
Tropical moisture brings a chance for isolated flooding this weekend.(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

We’re still expecting scattered showers and storms for Monday, but by Tuesday we dry out and notice a significant drop in humidity. High temperatures will be in the 70s and low 80s.

Most of the week is looking quite dry with gradually warming temperatures heading into the weekend.

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

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.