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Weather Authority Alert Day issued for Friday, January 12, 2024

A Weather Authority Alert Day has been issued for Friday, January 12, 2024, due to the chance for localized flooding and severe evening thunderstorms.

Thursday Afternoon Update

Our next system is still hours away, but once it arrives it brings some strength. Be ready for showers to spread out after 4:00 PM with consistent rain by 5:00 PM.

Showers spread east in the late afternoon

Showers spread east in the late afternoon

Through 7:00 PM the rainfall rates get more intense with the potential for storms and even some flooding.

Rain is consistent and widespread by Friday evening

Rain is consistent and widespread by Friday evening

We start drying out after 10:00 PM with only a few cells left by midnight. The system moves out leaving us mostly dry on Saturday.

Some storms are possible close to midnight, but much of the system moves on

Some storms are possible close to midnight, but much of the system moves on

Rain totals are likely highest from Nelson County south towards Henry County. Accumulations for most stay below an inch with even lower amounts in the northern part of the NRV.

Rain totals are less impressive than last Tuesday

Rain totals are less impressive than last Tuesday

The storm potential is limited for now, but there is a Level 2 risk in parts of Southside. Anywhere east of I-81 could get some storms so be prepared for high wind gusts and lightning.

Storms are possible on our southeastern edge

Storms are possible on our southeastern edge

The flood risk prompted a Flood Watch that lasts through the afternoon and evening on Friday. If you need to get out earlier you have some time, but try to be home and settled by 2:00 PM.

Flooding is possible through much of Friday

Flooding is possible through much of Friday

If you need to get outside on Friday try to make it early

If you need to get outside on Friday try to make it early

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Like clockwork, the greater forces in the atmosphere are sending another system our way. This one mainly stays as rain as opposed to snow, but the next one has a better chance for severe weather than even Tuesday had.

Friday starts rather calm, but as the afternoon continues, showers build in from the southwest. Most of us are dry until after 3:00 PM.

Showers begin in the mid-afternoon

Showers begin in the mid-afternoon

Rain spreads north and east with heavy amounts through the late afternoon into the evening. While this rain is not as heavy as Tuesday’s we have an environment that is still prone to flooding.

Rainfall is heavy and widespread through the evening

Rainfall is heavy and widespread through the evening

The severe weather threat in Southside will mainly be between the hours of 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday.

Rain is still strong but begins moving out before midnight

Rain is still strong but begins moving out before midnight

We start to dry out in the last hours of Friday with some lingering storms in Southside and Lynchburg.

We dry out after midnight with only a few showers left into Saturday morning.

Thanks to recent rain, ice and snow we have a higher flood risk than we’ve seen the last few months.

Areas along our southern border especially in Southside are vulnerable to more floods through Friday night.

Flood chances are highest in our southernmost counties

Flood chances are highest in our southernmost counties

This system brings strong storms through the south. For us the best chance of storms stays in Southside, but that could spread further north and west.

The Level 2 risk clips Southside as of Wednesday afternoon

The Level 2 risk clips Southside as of Wednesday afternoon

The main flood risk on Friday is again in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but we are in a Level 1 risk meaning flooding is still possible. Keep checking in with us as the system gets closer for more flooding updates.

A flood risk, while lower than Tuesday, extends from Georgia to Massachusetts

A flood risk, while lower than Tuesday, extends from Georgia to Massachusetts

Rain is likely heaviest in those flood prone areas to the south. Accumulations west of I-81 stay under an inch with more than two inches possible around Martinsville.

Rain totals are highest in Southside yet again

Rain totals are highest in Southside yet again

Download our weather app here for more information on the forecast moving forward.

Beyond Friday, the wind will get cranking Saturday. Gusts of 30 to 50 mph will be responsible for sporadic tree limb damage and/or power outages.

Wind gusts range between 30 and 50 mph Saturday.

Wind gusts range between 30 and 50 mph Saturday.

We’ll track a blast of Arctic air next week that could result in a little snow next Tuesday.

A blast of Arctic air could also produce snow next Tuesday.

A blast of Arctic air could also produce snow next Tuesday.

Let’s get through one storm system at a time before we get too bogged down in the details.


Source: WSLS News 10

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