Several weather alerts are in effect for Tuesday
- The smoke plume continues to affect air quality in some cities
- Widespread rain arrives on Tuesday; First weather alert for an active day
- Drier and cooler for Thanksgiving
Air quality alert
The Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality alert for the counties highlighted. These are the areas that could experience the most hazardous air quality. Limit your time outside or if you have to be outside for a period of time, wear a mask.
Air quality alerts, wind warnings, winter weather warnings and potential flooding are the headlines through Tuesday.
We will see increased clouds and a cooler high this afternoon. Temperatures will read in the 50s and low 60s. Some scattered rain is possible this afternoon and evening, but there is a better chance of widespread rain overnight and early Tuesday morning. By 10am on Tuesday, rain is expected to spread across all of our cities.
Here is the air quality forecast for Monday:
- The Big Island, Glasgow and Gilmore Mills will be subject to “hazardous” air quality. This means that air quality poses a risk to everyone.
- The towns of Buchanan, Greenlee and Natural Bridge will be affected by “extremely unhealthy” air quality. This means that air quality poses a risk to everyone.
- The cities of Clifton Forge, Covington and Eagle Rock are expected to experience “unhealthy” air quality. This means that the air quality is unhealthy, especially for those with heart or lung disease.
The winds will also increase tonight until Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a wind warning for the western part of the region until tomorrow.
Finally, there is a possibility of freezing rain in the highlands on Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory due to ice accumulation of up to a quarter of an inch.
First day weather alert: Rain is likely on Tuesday
The WDBJ7 First Alert Weather Team has issued a first weather alert for Tuesday. Widespread heavy rain is likely to impact holiday travel plans. There is also the possibility that our Earth will have difficulty absorbing rainfall. Local runoff and ponding problems are possible.
Forecast models continue to indicate widespread 1-2″, and locally up to 3″ for areas east of the Blue Ridge.
Plants provide friction with the ground and slow the flow of water, which is essential to slowing floods. Currently, most plants are fragile and will not prevent water pooling.
Temperatures on Tuesday will remain in the 40s. We will wake up in the 30s and low 40s and temperatures will struggle to rise throughout the day. The rain will continue into the overnight hours, but we look mostly dry on Wednesday.
Thanksgiving travel forecast
Wednesday may see more rain, but we’ll be mostly dry heading into Thanksgiving. Wind speed will increase again mid-week. Wednesday’s highs will return to the 50s with overnight lows falling into the lower 30s. This will make a cold start to Thanksgiving.
Thursday will see mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the 50s to near 60 degrees. No weather disturbances are expected on Türkiye Day.
After Thanksgiving, we look for a chance of rain in an area of low pressure. It is possible that the moisture to our south will continue to miss us. Stay with us for updates.
The drought watch is updated every Thursday morning. Due to our recent dry stretch, some of our cities are included in Severe dehydration Although most of our cities fall below level A Intense or Moderate drought.
Winter weather forecast
Did you miss the winter weather forecast? No thanks necessary! Here’s the link to find out how much snow you could see this season!
Bottom line, this winter is expected to be different than last winter, which was a bit disappointing for snow lovers. While this year may not bring strong storms, we can expect a near-above-average season for precipitation and snowfall along with above-average temperatures.
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