Zeta likely to have more of an impact on us than previous storms

Zeta is going to move quickly, which means stronger wind gusts for parts of the area Thursday

Storm impacts for Thursday, 10/29/2020

ROANOKE, Va. – Prior to Zeta’s arrival, the weather will be fairly calm around the area. We start Tuesday with a Dense Fog Advisory for Lynchburg and Southside until 10 a.m. Make sure to take your time, leave enough room between you and the car in front of you and avoid using your high beams.

Dense Fog Advisory for Tuesday, 10/27/2020

Temperatures Tuesday will be similar to what they were Monday, as we reach into the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Hourly planner for Tuesday, 10/27/2020

We’ll be warmer Wednesday, with Zeta making landfall along the Gulf Coast during the evening. Rain will begin in our area as soon as Wednesday night and will linger into Thursday. Some pockets may be heavy, but we don’t expect any strong winds at this time.

FutureTracker - early Thursday morning

Where Zeta differs from the six previous storms we’ve dealt with is that it will be moving quickly. This means high wind gusts will be a threat between Noon and 6 p.m. Thursday, in addition to tropical downpours. The greater chance of gusts 40 mph or higher will be along and east of the Blue Ridge Parkway. (A slight wobble in the track of the storm could change that.) Localized flooding will be possible, given the tropical nature of the rain.

FutureTracker - early Thursday morning

As we head into the afternoon, we’ll not only monitor the threat for strong wind gusts and heavy rain but the threat for a tornado or two east of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turning winds around a tropical system make that a possibility (not necessarily a guarantee).

FutureTracker - early Thursday evening

Once Zeta moves to the east, the wind will stay strong through Friday even though much of the day will be dry. Temperatures drop during the day in anticipation of a cool Halloween. Highs will only be in the 50s Saturday after morning temperatures start in the 30s.

About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.