THE STORM TEAM 11 FORECAST
A fall-like Tuesday afternoon with cloudy and cooler conditions, especially for SW VA and SE KY. With a cold front stalling out over the mountains today, showers will be around, mainly the Tri-Cities and east over the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the coming days, our weather pattern will remain quiet, with just a few isolated showers and storms with summer-like heat back Thursday and Friday.
All eyes remain on Hurricane Florence, currently a category 4 storm with sustained winds of nearly 130 mph. This storm is expected to make landfall somewhere along the N.C./S.C. Coast Thursday night. Significant storm surge, destructive winds, and tremendous amounts of rainfall will all be elements of the storm that will likely cause widespread damage. After Florence initially makes landfall, the steering winds diminish, leaving Florence to become nearly stationary, quickly turning the storm into an inland flood maker, with a foot or more of rain possible through the weekend over central NC and VA. Longer-term, the remnants of Florence have the potential to drift over the mountains and into our area, creating a potential flash flood disaster for the mountains. This scenario is still HIGHLY uncertain, and have plenty of time to track changes.
A few additional scattered showers will be possible favoring the Blue Ridge Mountains and Tri-Cities. Temperatures will range from near 70 in SE KY/SW VA, to near 80 in Tri-Cities.
Mostly cloudy and mild with mid to upper 60’s Tri-Cities, low 60’s SW VA/SE KY.
Partly Cloudy with a few isolated showers and storms, highs in the mid 80’s.