Weekend not a washout, but you’ll need to plan around the rain
Several waves of showers make for an unsettled holiday weekend
- Much of Saturday dry
- Wettest, coolest day Sunday
- Remaining showery Monday
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
A developing coastal lows will get pushed inland towards us this weekend. We’re now getting a better idea with shorter-range models that the weekend won’t be a total washout, but you’ll need to plan around the ran chances. Let’s break it down day-by-day.
Saturday starts out dry as the storm is slowing bringing rain inland. Showers will push in from southeast to northwest starting late afternoon and continue to spread northward into the evening hours. Gusty winds are expected Saturday into Saturday night, especially over Southside.
Sunday will be the wettest day of the weekend as the coastal storm continues to spread waves of rain into the region. While the heaviest will be in the morning, off and on rain lasts much of the day. It will also be very cool with highs only in the 60s along with breezes at times.
Rainfall totals may reach 1-2″ with the weekend event, and most of it falls Sunday.
Monday shouldn’t be as wet but still expect some scattered showers. You may have some breaks to grill, but going on an all day, lengthy hike or lake boating trip without showers might be tough to do.
Temperatures will remain in the upper 60s to low 70s.
TOTAL WEEKEND RAINFALL
This pattern is likely to give all areas measurable rainfall nearing 1″ from Saturday into Monday. Along and east of the Blue Ridge Parkway, we may have spotty totals that reach 2-3″ where the mountains squeeze out the rain.
- Flooding is not expected.
- Thunderstorms and severe weather is not expected.
NEED THE RAIN?
All of our climate sites are trending below normal for the month. Roanoke hasn’t even received a half an inch of rain this month. This puts many areas 2-3″ below average.
|SO FAR THIS MONTH||DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL|
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