Storms Bring Change

Incoming cold front brings rain first, cool later
Posted at 2:37 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 17:34:33-04

A look at the MaxTrack shows plenty of rain and thunderstorm activity. Clusters of storms continue to drop heavy rain, small hail, and produce frequent lightning. Areas that aren’t getting storms are sitting cloudy. Temperatures are running around 10-15 degrees cooler due to cloud coverage and a wind shift. A decrease in heat and humidity will be the payoff for the strong storms tonight.

Clusters of strong thunderstorms are mixed around the MaxTrack. The primary threat with these storms today has been the potential for flash flooding. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect through this evening for most of the forecast area, especially south of I-64. Some storms may gain enough strength to produce strong to damaging wind gusts. However, most storms tonight should remain below severe criteria. The payoff to all of this will be a weather pattern that all will love. Skies decrease in cloud coverage overnight as the drier and more stable air moves in. This large high-pressure ridge will keep us clear of most clouds through the rest of the week. Therefore, prepare for many sunny days going forward. In addition, Temperatures cool to 10 degrees below average with the cooler air mass incoming. We will rebound to more ‘normal’ temperatures, but it will be a slow climb. Humidity will also be cut and will not creep back in until the weekend.