We’re going to make a return to Blacksburg today. Fortunately, I have been busy enough in the rest of my life that we didn’t smash these two forecasts back to back. How is southwest Virginia coping in the aftermath of Florence?
At 355PM, ET, Blacksburg was reporting a temperature of 70 degrees with heavy rain. Temperatures have come down swiftly with the rain, and sites nearby, such as Roanoke, which has not seen rain as yet, are still in the low 80s. Given the rain that has afflicted the region over the past couple of weeks, the high country of Virginia was under a flash flood watch.
The remnants of Florence are spiraling off to sea from eastern Canada, trailing a lingering cold front south to the Appalachians and connecting with a disturbance parked over south Texas. The Canadian feature is going to spin poleward, while the feature in Texas is going to be drawn north into a developing low over the northern Plains. This will leave the boundary over Blacksburg at least through the day tomorrow, and as the Texan feature drifts north, it will be reinvigorated with moisture, which could mean more dangerous rains for the Blacksburg area.
Tomorrow – Isolated showers and storms, High 67, Low 62
Monday – A few less clouds, still a chance for rain, High 68, Low 58
TWC: Tomorrow – Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers in the afternoon High 65. Low 60
Monday – Cloudy with periods of light rain. High 66, Low 58
AW: Tomorrow – Cloudy, a couple of showers; cooler but humid High 65, Low 60
Monday – Low clouds, a little rain High 66, Low 59
NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of rain after 9am, Cloudy. High 62, Low 55
Monday – Rain likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, High 64, Low 57
WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain, High 65, Low 61
Monday – Rain likely. Patchy fog, High 66, Low 59
WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with chance of light showers, High 62, Low 58
Monday – Mostly cloudy with light rain likely High 64, Low 57
FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain starting overnight, continuing until morning. High 64, Low 56
Monday – Overcast throughout the day. High 66, Low 57
So that’s quite a bit chillier than what we’ve had going on. The air mass is warmer, but the clouds butted up against the mountain will not be cooperative. Here is a look at the popcorn thunderstorms battering the region this afternoon. Not a good way to dry out, that’s for sure.