ROANOKE, Va. – We were able to make good use out of the humidity (in parts of the area) Monday afternoon and evening. Especially in parts of the Highlands and Southside, some beneficial rain came along with the storms. Unfortunately, there were reports of flooding in White Sulphur Springs. We’ll dive more into that threat a few lines down.
As for Tuesday, we’ll see more of the same hit-or-miss thunderstorms developing after lunchtime in parts of the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and Highlands. That chance is a little lower (but not completely zero) in the Lynchburg area or Southside.
High temperatures reflect that trend. We’ll mostly be in the low to mid 80s in the New River Valley. Elsewhere, high temperatures will peak between 85 and 90°.
Keep in mind that the humidity may make it feel even hotter than that, so be sure to take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
We’ll see a similar situation unfold Wednesday.
By Thursday and Friday, an area of low pressure slowly moves closer to us. That adds a little more push to get thunderstorms going. So, we expect more numerous showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening.
There’s also more moisture to work with, so these slow-moving storms can produce localized flooding a little more easily (yes, even in a drought).
At the same time, however, this kind of rain could help push parts of the area out of the drought.
The rain needed in a four-week span to rid ourselves of the drought is roughly three inches. Some of these storms could drop 1-3″, because of the fact that there’s so much moisture to work with.
So, it’s really a give-and-take in a sense. Scattered storms continue into the weekend, but we won’t be quite as hot. Be sure to keep checking for updates on the forecast by downloading our app.