ROANOKE, Va. – You can feel the mugginess in the air as soon as you step outside Thursday morning. We’ll keep that around throughout much of the day, even though afternoon temperatures will be similar to what they were Wednesday.
This combination of warmth and humidity, along with a storm system to the west, could produce a shower or storm at any given point of the day. This would be very hit-or-miss, however.
It’s not until later in the day (after 5 or 6 p.m.) that we see the better chance for a line/broken line of showers and storms.
The worst of this looks like it will be along and east of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with localized wind damage being the main concern. The threat for hail or a tornado is low, but not completely zero.
Pockets of heavy rain will continue into the night in areas mainly east of the Parkway. We’ll gradually turn drier as we head deeper into Friday morning.
A wind out of the west Friday will bring in drier air for most of the region. Those of us along and east of US-29, however, may still squeeze out a thunderstorm later in the afternoon.
High pressure will then come into better control of our weather throughout the weekend, allowing temperatures to rise each afternoon.
If you didn’t get to take advantage of the pool during the Memorial Day weekend, things are looking much better for you this time around. Long range outlooks show the heat holding on through much of next week, as high pressure stays close by. The best chance for showers and storms each afternoon appears to be in the mountains.
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