UPDATE AT 12AM WEDNESDAY: AN AREAL FLOOD WARNING has been issued for Buchanan and McDowell counties until 5:45 AM Wednesday. See warning here
Previous forecast discussion:
An area of low pressure moving toward the area will bring unsettled weather through midweek. As of 4PM Tuesday, rain has already started to push into the southern parts of our viewing area, and will continue to become wider-spread into tonight. Locally heavy downpours will be possible at times. The heaviest rain looks to roll in from roughly 10PM Tuesday night until roughly 1AM Wednesday morning. As the system moves in, winds may temporarily gust to the 30-40MPH range in spots overnight, and a few rumbles of thunder will be possible.
Lows tonight will fall into the 40s. Overall, we are not expecting severe weather, but localized flooding issues could arise from the heavy amount of rain in a relatively short amount of time. Through tomorrow, most of the area is looking an 0.5" to 1.5" of rain, with locally higher amounts possible.
Wednesday itself will bring lighter scattered showers (on and off) through most of the day, finally tapering into the late afternoon early evening. We'll otherwise just experience lingering clouds and high temps in the upper low to mid 50s. We will gradually clear out tomorrow night, and lows will fall into the upper 30s/low 40s.
Thursday looks to bring pleasant, sunny weather with high pressure briefly in control...highs should be warm, in the upper 60s and low 70s! We will remain warm into the weekend, with possible showers here & there as a warm front moves in (mainly north of the I-64 corridor) Friday and Saturday. Highs Fri & Sat should be in the 70s for most! We will cool down toward the beginning of next week as another cold front approaches- this system looks to bring wider-spread rain again on Sunday. Stay tuned!