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Tracking another round of storms Friday; humidity drops off later in the weekend

Afternoon and evening storms could pack a punch once again on Friday.

Weekend planner - 06/05 to 06/07
Weekend planner - 06/05 to 06/07

ROANOKE, Va.Thursday’s storms brought down some trees and dumped pea-to-quarter sized hail on parts of the region. Friday afternoon’s storms could pack some heat too. While we won’t be quite as hot as Thursday, a piece of energy thousands of feet above us will be enough to generate scattered showers and storms after lunch time.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from Noon to Midnight for areas outside of Lynchburg and Southside.

These will first start out in the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and Highlands around 12 to 2 p.m.

Future Tracker - 2 p.m. Friday
Future Tracker - 2 p.m. Friday

These storms will slowly progress eastward throughout the afternoon and evening, before gradually diminishing after sunset.

Future Tracker - 8 p.m. Friday
Future Tracker - 8 p.m. Friday

Any storm that develops could produce more tree damage, small hail or localized flooding. The threat for tornadoes is close to zero.

Storm threats Friday afternoon and evening
Storm threats Friday afternoon and evening

If you’re heading out for Free Fishing Days, you may want to do so early on Friday. If we do see any storms Saturday, it would likely be after 5 p.m. Sunday will be completely dry.

Free fishing days forecast
Free fishing days forecast

In fact, humidity levels will drop to a more tolerable range come Sunday and Monday.

Tracking humidity levels through Monday
Tracking humidity levels through Monday

This is good news for many reasons. One of them is that it will give us a better chance to see Jupiter and Saturn in conjunction with the moon each evening.

Moon and planets in conjunction through early June
Moon and planets in conjunction through early June

Meanwhile, Cristobal still lingers in the Bay of Campeche. It will lift northward throughout the weekend, regaining some steam as a tropical storm. It will likely make landfall in Louisiana late Sunday night, before tracking northwest. Should we see any remnant moisture from this storm, it would be late next Wednesday and/or next Thursday.

Tracking Cristobal over the next 5-7 days
Tracking Cristobal over the next 5-7 days

Beyond that, forecast data indicates a trough (dip in the upper level air pattern). This would lead to temperatures (and likely humidity levels) being lower than average between June 12 and June 18.

CPC temperature outlook from June 12 to June 18, 2020
CPC temperature outlook from June 12 to June 18, 2020

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