Yet another wet weekend

Thunderstorms in the Blue Ridge.

Should be dry on this Friday morning, but the National Weather Service predicts showers arriving about 12:30 PM and “isolated thunderstorms” around 2 PM with a reasonable dry spell until “scattered thunderstorms” from 8 to 10 PM

Saturday’s forecast shows showers starting around 6 AM with a 90+percentage change of more constant rain hitting around 9 AM and continuing through most of the day.

On Mother’s Day (Sunday) the chance of thunderstorms is 100 percent.

Here’s the five-day outlook, courtesy of Weather.Com:

If rain arrives as forecast, it causes problems for Kids Fishing Day, scheduled to start with registration at 9 AM Saturday and the Community Yard Sale at Citizens Telephone Coop (which is set to begin at 7 AM Saturday).

Other outdoor events set for the weekend also face postponement or cancellation.

Weather radar outlook for 12:50 PM Friday:

Wet weekends have become a Springtime pattern in Southwestern Virginia, along with other parts of the country.

Reports The Weather Channel:

Additional rounds of heavy rain and a few severe thunderstorms may trigger flash flooding Friday into the weekend in parts of the South and East, from Texas and Louisiana to the Tennessee Valley, Appalachians and Virginia.

The tail end of a cold front has stalled out in the South, interacting with abundant moisture and an active jet stream triggering the development of widespread showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall rates.

Adds Roanoke Times weather guru Kevin Myatt:

A cold front approaches from the west Friday, and that will help trigger more numerous showers and thunderstorms. The front, as happened last week, will not make a clean push through, but will stall and dawdle in or near our region through the weekend, leading to continued chances of rain showers. The Roanoke and New River valleys will probably end up on the north side of the stalling front, which will mean somewhat cooler air from the north with highs hanging up near 70, but moisture overriding the front will continue to produce periods of showers.

How long has it been since we’ve had a dry Friday? Try March 29.

Myatt says rain has fallen on nine of the last 11 Fridays to kick off wet weekends.

At our house, Amy and I plan to honor our late mothers on Sunday but we won’t have much nice to say about Mother Nature.

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