Forecast Last Updated at Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:24PM
Warm Tonight; Maybe Stray T-Shower & Clouds Early
Another warm evening is on tap for the region tonight, although some clouds hang around early on from the remnants of the disturbance north of us. This disturbance will fall apart as it continues the track over the Blue Ridge as in nears the NC/TN/VA border, however, we still cannot rule out a stray shower or thundershower early on this evening, with partly cloudy skies after sunset. A cool front moves in on Saturday with a slightly better coverage of showers and thundershowers. Behind that front, cool and gray conditions will develop for a short period across the area from Saturday night through early Monday.
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Hi: 87 Lo: 69
Mostly to partly cloudy; Isolated showers & t-storms NW wind 5-15 mph
Hi: 88 Lo: 69
Partly to mostly cloudy; Widely scattered showers & storms; Light north wind
Hi: 76 Lo: 65
Generally cloudy; AM fog; Not nearly as warm; Isolated showers; NE wind 5-10 mph
Hi: 78 Lo: 63
Mostly to partly cloudy
Hi: 82 Lo: 63
Partly cloudy; Pleasant
Wednesday - Lots of sunshine; High in the mid 80s; Low in the mid 60s
Thursday - Partly cloudy; High in the upper 80s; Low in the mid 60s
A ridge of high pressure remains parked over the southern US at this time with a decent heat wave continuing across many southern states and a warm evening in store for us. Around the periphery of the high, numerous clusters of showers and storms are ongoing from Iowa to Virginia. Most of this activity is expected to remain to the north of the local area today. However, storms upstream in the Ohio Valley will have to be watched closely as they drop SE through tonight. Overall, we do expect showers and storms to fall apart before reaching our neck of the woods but isolated thundershowers cannot be ruled out for early this evening as the disturbance pushes into the area.
Significant changes come over the weekend as high pressure over New England pushes a cool front south along the east side of the Appalachians. Temperatures will take a small drop Saturday, then really cool off by Sunday. We’ll go from above normal temps today to below normal temps by Sunday. As the front moves through, we expect widely scattered to scattered showers and thundershowers Saturday. Behind the front, a moist easterly flow will allow for lots of clouds, areas of fog, and patchy light rain / drizzle from Saturday night through Sunday night, especially right along the Blue Ridge. As is typical in this type of setup, areas right along the TN/NC border won’t be quite as grey, foggy as areas further east.
The cool wedge gradually begins to break down on Monday with more peaks of sunshine and slightly milder temperatures. We really begin to clear out Tuesday with lots of sun expected through the middle of next week. Temperatures will moderate during this time as well, but should stay close to average for late August.
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