Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Blacksburg, VA
AWUS81 KRNK 302046
Weather Summary for SW VA...SE WV...and NW NC
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
446 PM EDT Thu Mar 30 2017
Southerly and Southeasterly flow reestablished ahead of a frontal
boundary approaching the region from the west on Thursday as a
weakening wedge of high pressure began to slip east. This allowed
a stubborn mid to upper cloud deck to smother the region most of
the day, with upslope light rain showers impacting the eastern
slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southern Virginia and
Northwest North Carolina. Accumulations have remained light in
most areas as of 4pm Thursday evening. Temperatures struggled most
of the day thanks to the aforementioned cloud cover, only topping
out near the 50 degree mark for most under the cloud shield.
Those who managed to escape the wedge, mainly those in the far
western slopes of the Appalachians in western Virginia, managed to
breach the 70 degree mark under intermediate sunshine.
The Cold air damming event responsible for the dense cloud cover will
weaken overnight, setting the stage for periods of moderate to at
times heavy showers and embedded thunderstorms as convective
lines ahead of the frontal boundary impact the area from west to
east. A strong storm, or two, will remain possible through early
Friday morning, but secluded primarily to the far western
portions of the forecast area. Heavy rain and gusty winds will be
the primary threats with any storms that do make it into the
mountains. A re- development of showers and thunderstorms is also
possible with daytime heating Friday afternoon, but likely
limited to the far eastern portions of the forecast area.
Quieter weather returns for the weekend with temperatures
trending above normal.