Weather! Working on a midweek washout

Rain’s going to be a common theme over the next two days. Great for helping the drought, horrible if you forgot to pack the rain boots.

The latest rainfall accumulation map for the next two days tells us a lot about what to expect:

That’s right, we’re in for more rain. A pair of low pressure systems moving across the southeast will bring two more potent rainmakers, and, for as much as I’ve said it already this year, it bears repeating: we still need the rain. As of today, we’re just over 1.8” short for the year – not an insignificant number.

Precipitation is already moving across the western part of the state (and in the process, disrupting my satellite signal.) It will continue to move eastward Wednesday morning, becoming more widespread during the late morning and through most of the day, finally tapering off in the evening near sunset. Temps should stick in the mid 40s through most of the day, with overnight lows tonight in the upper 30s.

The rain returns Thursday afternoon, with mostly cloudy conditions persisting for the period between the two rounds of rain. We’ll see highs get back into the upper 40s during the afternoon hours, as the rain picks up through the afternoon and evening hours, and into early Friday morning. Lows Thursday night will drop to near 40.

At this point, there’s still some lingering rain chances Friday and Saturday, before some brief improvement in conditions on Sunday. There’s still a bit of uncertainty in the forecast early next week, but the consensus so far brings another round of rain through Monday and Tuesday. I’ll have an update, including a new drought monitor, Friday morning.

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Dan Goff is now a two-time former Richmonder, having departed the River City yet again in favor of southwest Virginia, where he is working on degrees in geography and meteorology at Virginia Tech. Have a question about the weather or weather-related phenomena?

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