Rain is finally tapering off across most of the region as the remnants of Ana push away from us. Ana did bring us some heavy rain and gusty winds along the Outer Banks. Here are rain totals over the past 24-hours. Keep in mind, that these totals are taken at specific locations. The heavy downpours were scattered around the region, so the heavy rain may have missed the airports shown below. So if you saw heavy rain, then you probably saw rain totals over 1 inch at your house. Notice that the highest totals were across the Outer Banks!
So we can say goodbye Ana! Next up…showers and storms developing across the western part of Virginia. These storms are moving southeast, so there is a chance they could hold together tonight. If the storms survive the journey to Hampton Roads, we could see another round of rain closer to 10 PM-12 AM. If the storms weaken before getting here, then we will stay dry, warm and muggy with temperatures hovering in the upper 60s and lower 70s.
All of the rain should be gone by tomorrow morning and most of your Tuesday will be rain-free. Near record heat is likely tomorrow as high temperatures rise to around 90° with the help of our strong southwesterly winds. The record high at the Norfolk Airport is 92° set back in 1881. The humidity will be on the high side as we will still have plenty of moisture in place thanks to Ana. A cold front will move into Virginia Tuesday afternoon. Scattered showers and storms may develop out ahead of this front anytime after 3 PM. Best chance for rain will be across the Southside and North Carolina.
Any storm that develops could turn strong to severe. The atmosphere should be quite unstable tomorrow afternoon with highs around 90° and lots of moisture in place. The Storm Prediction Center has placed us in a Marginal Risk for severe weather tomorrow afternoon.
The marginal risk level is the lowest level for potential severe weather. That means there is only a slight chance for isolated severe storms. We are not expecting this to be a widespread event. Just stay tuned to our latest forecast and download the WAVY Weather app so you have access to the latest watches/warnings and radar on-the-go. The line of storms that develops should move fairly quickly across the region, so don’t expect the rain to last for too long tomorrow. Once the front moves through, winds will turn more northerly and usher in some much cooler and drier air. I’m really looking forward to Wednesday! Highs in the mid 70s with low humidity…sounds like perfection to me!
Chief Meteorologist Don Slater will be watching the radar tonight. He will have a full update on WAVY News 10 at 10 on FOX43 and WAVY News 10 at 11.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona