By: Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases
After another hot day with temperatures in the 100s for many, a strong cold front will be moving through our area tonight. This brings with it good and bad news, the bad is that it will ignite a round of severe storms for tonight, the good is that it will finally put an end to our heat wave as temperatures behind it will be much cooler!
Right now, there is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for the northern half of our viewing area. It includes the Alleghany Highlands as well is Botetourt, Rockbridge, Amherst, Nelson, and Appomattox counties. This watch is valid through 10 PM. Although places like Lynchburg, Bedford, Roanoke and Danville are not technically included under the watch, isolated severe weather events are still possible for these areas. In addition, a new watch may be issued later this evening to include more southern counties. The main threat with any severe storms that develop will be damaging wind gusts. Small hail will also be possible with some storms.
For Monday and through the mid-week, this cold front is actually going to stall over our area. What that means is that much of the week will bring cloudy conditions with several rounds of showers and storms expected. Rainfall totals will likely reach 1.5 inches to 2.5 inches by Wednesday. This is also great news for many, as Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Danville are all behind on rain for the year. Heaviest rainfall amounts will be closest to where the cold front stalls which will be near to the Virginia/North Carolina border. This is especially good news for Danville, where the rainfall departure is over 6 inches at this time!
All the clouds and shower activity will keep temperatures below average for much of the week, generally in the low-mid 80s with a few days possible in the upper 70s. This will be a welcomed relief from the heat wave that has stifled us for the past 11 days.