An unsettled pattern is dominating the Mid-Atlantic states. A cold front is moving toward our area along with an upper level trough of low pressure…both helping to create periods of rain throughout the day.
Many locations could pick up anywhere from 1″-3″ of rainfall, and the risk for Flash flooding is there. So, a FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect until this evening for most of Hampton Roads.
With Flash Flooding, these are some things you want to keep in mind:
Remember to NEVER drive over a road covered in water because you don’t know the depth of the water nor the condition of the road. Heavy rain will continue to pour onto the Tidewater area thru Midday, then the rain should slack up a little through early afternoon.
However, more rain is expected to develop & move across our area by early evening.
Eventually, the previously mentioned cold front will move across our area overnight. Rain chances will go down by Sunday morning; so, it won’t be as soggy as it was this morning.
Yet, the cold front will stall across North Carolina by Sunday afternoon…triggering more rain. It looks like Hampton Roads’ rain chances will be a little less for Sunday (but not zero). Scattered showers are still possible, but it won’t be as rainy as Saturday was. However, NE North Carolina can expect wetter conditions since it’ll be closer to the stalled frontal bounary.
The Bottom Line is that it’s going to be an “Umbrella Weekend” for the Tidewater area.
So, make sure to be careful while traveling on wet roads & during downpours. Since the stalled front will stay stretched across NC thru Tuesday, you can expect unsettled weather until then. Finally, a ridge of High Pressure will help push the stalled front southward by Midweek. So, as the High takes control, drier weather can be expected for Wednesday & Thursday. Now, on to the tropics:
We’re continuing to watch an area of disturbed weather NE of Hispaniola. The National Hurricane Center is investigating the disturbance for possible development over the next several days. It’s being called “Invest 99L” for now, and it has a moderate chance for development into next week.
Forecast spaghetti plots bring the disturbance just SE of the Carolinas by early next week…before a cold front helps to redirect the system on a more Northeasterly track out to sea. The cold front (which is the same system that’s helping make our weekend soggy) and its affiliate upper level trough will provide lots of wind shear to the system. That shear should help to hinder its development along with it possibly being absorbed by the trough. If it organizes and gets a name, then the next name on the list is Gert. Stay tuned as we continue to track this tropical disturbance.
Make sure to watch WAVY NEWS 10 this evening for the latest forecast with Meteorologist Ashley Baylor.
Try to enjoy your day…
Meteorologist Deitra Tate