WEST JEFFERSON-Despite nasty cloud cover overhead this morning, the High Country likely won’t see a repeat of severe storms on par with those that hit the region earlier this month.
According to the National Weather Service, a cold front will slowly drop down from the north across the region today and by peak heating time this afternoon will be across southern Virginia or near the North Carolina border.
“Convergence near this boundary, along with lifting effects from the Blue Ridge mountains and daytime heating, will help scattered storms to develop generally along and to the south of this boundary as well as along the higher terrain, and these storms will then move southeastward during the afternoon and evening hours,” according to an online briefing published by the NWS Tuesday morning. “Through mid afternoon, storms will more likely be in the general vicinity of the Blue Ridge, including the northwest NC mountains, the New River Valley and Roanoke Valley, and the atmosphere is expected to be marginally supportive of perhaps an isolated severe storm in those locations. Wind damage would be the primary threat.”
Scattered severe storms could pose a threat as the conditions move to the southeast, according to the briefing, though that threat should mainly materialize in Virginia.
“Since storms will be moving relatively slowly there is a small risk of localized flash flooding, but more likely there could be urban-type nuisance flooding in poor drainage areas,” according to the briefing. “By mid evening, 8 or 9pm, or perhaps even sooner, these storms should be moving to the south and east of the Blacksburg county warning area.”