Weather Words: February 29

Because it's not every day you get to write a blog on Leap Day.

First of all, it's a sad situation in Missouri this morning as tornadoes have left several dead and left behind a large amount of damage. For pictures and more, click here.

The same storm bringing severe weather across the Midwest is moving into the eastern United States. We will have the chance for some thunderstorms through this afternoon, though I think the best ingredients for any severe storms will be to the south and west of the CBS 19 viewing area. Having said that, very heavy rain may accompany any storms that do develop. Any updates on anything unexpected will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

The rain and chances for thunderstorms will diminish late tonight, and we'll sail through Thursday with sunshine, highs near 70, and breezy conditions. More rain will be possible starting late Friday and lasting through Saturday afternoon. There's a good chance for more thunderstorms on Saturday, but it's too early to tell if any will potentially be severe. Regardless, the rain will be great as Charlottesville is running a rainfall deficit of over an inch and a half since the first of the year. The lack of snow pack and frozen ground adds to the urgency of rain, and we can only hope for a very wet spring to keep us out of water trouble into the summer.

3, 2, 1, fade out.

~Travis Koshko

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