Weather Authority Alert Day issued for Saturday, January 27, 2024 lifted

A flood watch is in effect for all of Saturday. We are tracking periods of heavy rain & the chance for storms this afternoon/evening.

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The Weather Authority Alert Day issued for Saturday, Jan. 27 has been lifted.

A Weather Authority Alert Day is being issued for Saturday, January 27, 2024, due to the potential for heavy rain and localized flooding.

Saturday Afternoon Update

Meteorologist Marshall Downing joined us at 5 p.m. to give you an update on our Weather Authority Alert Day.

Showers kicked off in the afternoon and stay consistent through the evening. Rain keeps falling for most through midnight, and some high accumulations create a risk of flooding.

Flooding is a greater risk than storms

Flood chances are highest in our southern zones, but we could see some high water north of US-460. The main storm risk stays well to our south, but rumbles of thunder are possible.

Our Flood Watch lasts until the bulk of the system moves on

The Flood Watch in effect covers all of our counties through Sunday morning. Try to avoid driving if you can through Saturday night.

Rain stays consistent through 11:00 PM

Rain is moderate early in the evening with higher rainfall rates just before 11:00 PM. We get a break from rain for a few hours before another batch of heavy rain in the early hours of Sunday.

Another round of heavy rain comes to Southside after midnight

After that piece moves east showers linger into Sunday. Accumulations are much lighter, and we start drying out in the late afternoon.

Showers are possible in the first half of Sunday

Once we dry out wind speeds rise with some gusts reaching 40 mph. Cooler air works in to bring highs back to the 40s.

Saturday Morning Update

A flood watch has been issued for most of Southwest Virginia until tomorrow morning. Almost everyone sees rain, but some see more than others.

A flood watch is in effect until tomorrow morning

The flood potential expands across much of the southeast and mid-Atlantic today.

Extends across much of the southeast and mid-Atlantic

Locally, we are under a level 2 threat for seeing excessive rainfall which could then lead to flooding.

Southwest Virginia is under a level 2 risk for excessive rainfall

Rain showers start off light and more isolated this afternoon, but by 6 PM they are a bit more scattered.

A look at 6 PM

Periods of heavy rain move in tonight around 8 PM for the NRV and Roanoke Valley.

A look at 8 PM

As these showers pass, the heavier pockets of rain shift east with time. Southside, Lynchburg and the Roanoke Valley have the best chance of seeing a few thunderstorms.

A look at 10 PM

Rainfall totals could be anywhere from a quarter inch all the way up to 3 inches. However, parts of each zone have the likelihood of seeing at least an inch of rain by tomorrow morning with some spots seeing significantly more than others.

Rain totals could get upwards of 2 inches in some spots.

Afternoon temperatures get into the 50s for just about everyone. Areas of Southside, Lynchburg and the Roanoke Valley could see the 60s again. Areas that are warmest is where the flooding potential is increased. The warmer the air, the more moisture the air is able to hold. This would equate to higher rainfall potential.

Another warm and muggy day.

Windy conditions will move in this afternoon and will be featured within some of the heavy pockets of rain we see.

Winds gust with some pockets of rain

Friday Evening Update

Meteorologist Marshall Downing joined us at 10 p.m. to give you a more detailed look at what’s expected during our Weather Authority Alert Day.

Friday Afternoon Update

Our next system is approaching from the southwest. Showers stay away through Friday night and even into Saturday morning, but in the afternoon the system takes over.

Showers begin in earnest after noon

Showers stay consistent through the afternoon into the evening. Rainfall rates range from light to medium, and since the rain is so consistent some flooding can develop.

Rain is still moderate through the evening

We get a short break from rain with another round of heavier rain coming around midnight. That keeps the flooding risk into Sunday morning.

Some heavy rain moves through after midnight

Rain totals are above one inch for most with more than two inches possible in some of our southern counties.

Rain accumulations are highest in our southern counties

The rain totals we see are representative of the heavier rain coming with this system. Similar totals fall from Connecticut to Alabama.

Rain spreads throughout Appalachia

Rain this week mostly fell in our southern counties with accumulations under one inch. Since recent rains were light the flood risk is lower than some systems in the last few weeks.

Most of our recent rain stayed south of US-460

A flood risk extends from Mississippi to Pennsylvania with the main risk in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Traveling southwest is tough through the weekend.

The main flood risk extends from parts of Alabama all the way to Appomattox

The Level 2 flood risk is mostly south of US-460, but high rain totals north could get localized flooding to develop.

Southside and the NRV are most likely to see some flooding

Showers linger into Sunday morning, but we dry out in the afternoon. Showers later in the week stay very light giving you plenty of opportunities to get back outside.

Showers linger into Sunday

A storm system will push northward out of the Gulf, giving us an increasing chance of rain Saturday.

This will gradually spread from southwest to northeast during the afternoon.

Pockets of heavy rain will become likely during the evening and night Saturday before wrapping up Sunday morning.

Rain spreads from southwest to northeast throughout the afternoon and evening Saturday.

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Rain totals will range between one inch and about two inches.

Rain totals will range between an inch or two for most of the area Saturday and Sunday.

This, in addition to recent rain and melted snow, will give us the chance for localized flooding.

Localized flooding will be possible Saturday afternoon and evening.

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About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.