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Stationary front keeps storms in our southern zones through Tuesday

It will be the haves and have nots for rain and storms the next few days

Future Tracker Sunday 5 p.m.
Future Tracker Sunday 5 p.m. (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

ROANOKE, Va. – We here at Your Local Weather Authority hope you got your weekend off to a good start on Saturday! It was certainly an active day with numerous severe weather warnings.

In addition to the storms, we also saw plenty of heat and humidity! Roanoke is on a four-day heat wave (consecutive days with highs of 90°+), along with nine consecutive days with high temperatures above-average.

Heat wave stats (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Temperatures are forecast to be slightly cooler than Saturday, so we have a chance to snap the heat wave in the Roanoke Valley.

Here’s a shoutout to some small towns on this Sunday!

Small town shoutout - Sunday, July 18 (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Part of the reason for the slightly cooler air? A front that will be slowly sinking south through the day.

The front is expected to be the focus for shower and storm chances the next few days. Look for coverage to be highest in the New River Valley and Southside.

Further north, we expect to be drier through Tuesday.

Zone-by-zone storm chances through Tuesday (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Any storm that forms today and Monday could dump heavy rain. That’s why we’ll be watching our southern zones for a small threat for flash flooding.

Other forms of severe weather like localized wind damage, hail and tornadoes appear unlikely.

Sunday and Monday storm threats (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

As we head into the middle of the week, the weather will trend drier and hotter.


About the Author:

Justin McKee presents the weather forecast on 10 News Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 to 8 a.m. He also fills in for other meteorologists during the week.