The rain started early Monday and is expected to stick around for the day.Of course it is raining.  Galax’s Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention starts Monday and goes through the week before the finale on Saturday night and into the wee hours of Sunday morning. Rain of often a given at the fiddlers’ fest.

Humidity at our house this morning is at 100 percent will stay in the high 80s and low 80s for the day.

Today’s rain is forecast to taper off late tonight with the forecast of precipitation at 20 percent for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before scattered thunderstorms return on Friday, says the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg.

That forecast is a less ominous than the two days of rain promised for both Monday and Tuesday that was coming out of the same office on Sunday but things could change again as the forecasts lean more and more towards rain for the next two weeks.

Roanoke Times weather guru Kevin Myatt writes:

In the short-term picture, over the next couple of days, the cold front that sagged south of us and brought us the late September-like Saturday will creep northward as a warm front and bring abundant Gulf of Mexico moisture with it. By Monday, with an approaching low-pressure system and cold front from the central U.S., that will trigger numerous showers and thunderstorms, with widespread 1/2 to 1 inch amounts of rain quite possible, and maybe more.

In the bigger picture, upper-level low-pressure setting up over the Great Lakes will spin through a conveyor belt of low-pressure systems and cold fronts from west to east over the next week, maybe longer. This will keep us cool and damp, as there won’t be much time between systems for heat to rebuild. By a week from now, many locations in our region could have a couple inches rainfall or locally more.

The good news is lower temperatures with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s and lower 60s.

Keep your umbrellas close by.

The rain sent tubers on the Little River scurrying for cover.