High pressure moving offshore has opened the door for deep southerly flow, which will help Gulf moisture surge into the area for the remainder of this week. Several incoming areas of low pressure will interact with this moisture, guaranteeing us rounds of rain (heavy at times) starting on Tuesday. Overnight tonight, we will become cloudy but remain mild, in the upper 40s/low 50s.
Rain will begin to develop after midnight tonight, and our Tuesday is looking soggy, with rounds of on-and-off showers throughout the day and tomorrow night. Highs tomorrow will still be well-above normal in the mid 50s to low 60s. Tomorrow night, rain showers will continue, picking back up into Wednesday morning especially. Lows Tuesday night-Wed AM will fall into the upper 40s/low 50s again.
Temps will stay mild for a while longer, topping off in the upper 50s and low 60s on Wednesday and Thursday. However, we will remain unsettled with disturbance moving through the area. Rainfall amounts look to be anywhere from 0.50" to 2.0" across our viewing area through Thursday morning, with the highest amounts expected across our southwestern Virginia counties as of now. A FLOOD WATCH might be issued for parts of our area in the coming days, as high water issues could arise from repeated rainfall this week.
Winds might get gusty at times as systems move through as well in the next several days, which could lead to localized power issues/tree damage, especially with expected saturation of the soil.
Rain will continue through Thursday, mixing with snow by Thursday night-Friday as more seasonable air returns in time for the weekend. Highs on Friday will return to the mid to upper 30s, while lows will fall back in the upper 20s/low 30s.
Long range models are hinting at what could become light to moderate snowfall at times this weekend, and a few inches of snow here looks possible (for now)...it is still to early for specifics on this event. Stay tuned!