ROANOKE, Va. – Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach, Florida early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.
Well north of that, we’ll see clouds streaming in Thursday.
We stay dry through the daylight hours, but our first outer band of rain will move in after 9 or 10 p.m. from the south.
Heavy rain is likely during the morning commute Friday, so use extra caution during that time.
The wind won’t be awful, but the rain will be tropical in nature in some spots.
Some breaks in the rain allow us to warm up, making the air more conducive for thunderstorms (read more on that in the Threats section of this article) late morning into the afternoon.
Our last gasp of widespread, heavy rain comes as Nicole merges with a front Friday evening. It’s at this time that the wind will gust from 20 to 35 mph.
By late Friday night and Saturday morning, Nicole’s remnants will have pushed to the east.
We’ll be left with scattered, light rain showers and a gusty wind by Saturday.
The one thing we all see out of Nicole - rain. Rain totals mostly reach between 1 to 3 inches with isolated higher totals along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Localized flooding is a possibility in this part of the area.
In addition to this, we’ll be situated in the northeast quadrant of Nicole.
This is where the air spins more with tropical systems, so there is the threat for a tornado or two after 10 a.m. Friday.
That threat - noted above - is slightly higher in areas shaded in yellow.
Other Forecast Info
Despite clouds and rain from Nicole, we’ll be dealing with a tropical airmass. This means temperatures rise into the 60s with some of us in the 70s by Friday.
Saturday will be windy with temperatures staying steady in the 50s and 60s throughout the day.
The colder air catches up by Sunday through next Tuesday with highs mostly in the 40s.
Monday morning starts in the 20s with temperatures near freezing Tuesday morning.
Another storm system brings the chance for a patchy, light wintry mix before a cold rain settles in Tuesday afternoon.
More to come on that system once we get Nicole out of the picture.