ROANOKE, Va. – Well, we were hoping for drought-busting rain this past week, but I don’t think we wanted flooding to come with it!
That was the case for some on Friday, with the Lynchburg area picking up the most rain.
In fact, the Hill City recorded its wettest June 11 with more than two and a half inches accumulating in the official rain gauge.
The old daily rainfall record from 1955 was smashed by nearly an inch!
Thankfully, the flood waters have receded as I type this Saturday morning and forecast models indicate that Lynchburg won’t be nearly as wet this weekend.
We’re highlighting the New River Valley and Highlands to have the best chance for scattered storms today.
The Roanoke Valley’s forecast rain chance is 40-percent and it’s a touch lower for Lynchburg and Southside.
The zone-by-zone rain chance forecast is also reflected in today’s flooding outlook from the Weather Prediction Center (WPC).
We’ll have a low risk for flooding with storms west of the Blue Ridge today. Notice that Lynchburg is not included here, good news!
Temperatures are forecast to be a few degrees below-average today. Look for highs to run from the mid 70s to near 80.
We warm back up on Sunday ahead of an approaching front. I’m expecting highs to range from the low to upper 80s.
The front could spark a few storms later in the day, but they will stay isolated.
Rain chances look lower during the work week. They will be at 20-percent Monday through Wednesday, then zero Thursday and Friday.
We’ll have some ups and downs in temperatures ahead. Monday looks hottest, then we’ll have another dip by midweek.