Sunshine certainly has been very limited here across central Virginia this week - and don't expect that to change soon. Earlier in the week, a fizzling cold front brought scattered showers on Monday and into Tuesday. By Wednesday, more moisture began working up the eastern seaboard from the Carolinas and now as we look ahead, the weather continues to look soggy.
Another cold front will be dropping into central Virginia on Thursday and into Friday. This will be a slow-moving front and as it interacts with the warm, moist air we have in place, more rain showers can be expected. You may see a few peeks of sunshine on Thursday, but then more showers and thunderstorms will develop during the afternoon. As the front is still around the area on Friday, more periods of rain will be likely. By the time the final raindrop falls late on Friday, some spots will pick up more than an inch of rainfall, with some locally higher totals possible.
This rain is coming on top of an already abnormally wet month of September. Many towns and cities in central Virginia have already received between six and eight inches of rain, which is well above the monthly average. At this point, it looks like we should get to dry things out somewhat for the weekend, but we'll be watching an upper level low that could bring more showers and storms our way for Monday. Until then, keep the umbrellas handy!