Intense Rain showers Expected; Possible Thunderstorms in the South

Bryan Dijkhuizen

Warmer air is still in, and a front is expected to pass over our area on Thursday afternoon.

On Friday, this front will move southward into the Southeast and Gulf Coast states, ahead of another low-pressure system and related front arriving the following weekend.

Temperatures are forecast to recover to near-normal levels early next week. From near Marion, Virginia northeast along the Interstate-81 corridor to near Lexington, Virginia, areas of light rain, with some interspersed stronger rain showers, were seen along a line extending from near Marion, VA to near Lexington, VA.

Rain fell in sporadic bursts elsewhere, but it was beginning to intensify in intensity across sections of northern and central North Carolina.

Throughout the afternoon, short-term forecast models indicate that the greatest shower coverage will be concentrated in the area mainly along and west of Interstate-77, as well as across portions of Southside Virginia and adjoining regions of north-central North Carolina by the early afternoon.

By the late afternoon to early evening, the emphasis will change back to a point that is similar to the present pattern.

During the late afternoon and evening hours, isolated thunderstorms will be possible across portions of the Northern Mountains and Foothills of North Carolina.

Expect an increased likelihood of rainfall over the forecast region today and into tomorrow as a frontal boundary, along with southwest flow aloft and higher dewpoints, advect moisture into the area.

According to the models, a fragmented region of showers will move southward with the front across the forecast area today.

The eastern extension will be more dispersed over the piedmont, however, as better lift/deep layer moisture convergence will remain along and west of the Appalachians.

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