Now that we're moving on into the latter half of the month of August, the weather patterns begin to change here in central Virginia. Summer only has about five weeks left to go and the transition into fall begins to slowly take place. In the middle of the summer, cold fronts rarely make their way through our area. By late August, these cold fronts begin to move through with a bit more regularity. As a result, the temperatures aren't quite as hot and our rain chances start to increase just a touch.
A few fronts will impact our area over the next few days. One cold front will fizzle as it approaches, but it will still provide enough lift to get a few showers and storms popping up on Friday afternoon. The air will remain unstable into Saturday out in advance of another cold front. This will cause some isolated showers and storms to form, mainly during the afternoon. As the cold front moves through late Sunday and into Monday, a few more showers and storms will form in the warm, humid air we have in place. Drier air will arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday, which will allow our skies to clear back out.
Now you've gotten the technical explanation of why we will have showers and storms - here's what it means for your weekend. Neither of the two weekend days will be washouts. Storms will mainly fire up between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Some areas will stay totally dry. Some areas will see brief heavy downpours. It's nearly impossible to predict exactly where these storms will pop up, which is why you should keep checking our interactive radar here on www.cvilleweather.com. This will help keep you ahead of the storms and keep you and your family safe when the lightning inevitably strikes!
Until next time,