Mountain Area Forecast ( June 2-5 )
ALERT For Locally Heavy Rain With Downpours In Showers & Thunderstorms From Thursday Into This Weekend ( Hit-Miss Coverage At Any Given Time ). Some Storms May Be Strong To Locally Severe.
The Storm Prediction Center Has Issued A Slight Risk Of Severe Thunderstorms For The Area Between 8 AM Saturday and 8 AM Sunday
The threat for downpours in showers & thunderstorms will continue into Sunday ( and become likely Saturday Night Into Sunday ). Remain alert for changing conditions during outdoor activities this weekend.
Overnight Into Thursday Morning
Chance of showers & thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Areas of dense fog. Light and variable winds on mountain ridges and plateaus below 2700 feet. Winds SSW-WSW 5-10 mph, with higher gusts, on mountain ridges above 2700 feet. Warm & humid with temperatures mostly in the 60s.
Hit-miss showers & thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall. Winds SSW to WSW at generally less than 10 mph outside of storms. Temperatures varying from upper 60s to low 70s in upper elevations to the mid 70s to around 80 degrees.
Thursday Night Into Friday Morning
A chance of showers & thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Areas of dense fog. Winds SSW-WNW at generally less than 10 mph outside of storms. Warm and humid with temperatures widespread in the upper 50s to lower-middle 60s.
Hit-miss showers & thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall. Winds SSW to WSW at generally less than 10 mph outside of storms. Temperatures varying from upper 60s to low 70s in upper elevations to the mid 70s to lower 80 degrees.
Friday Night Into Saturday Morning
A chance of showers & thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Areas of dense fog. Light & variable winds along mountain ridges-plateaus below 2700 feet. Warm & humid with temps in the upper 50s to lower-middle 60s.
*Some storms could become strong to locally severe during the Saturday afternoon into Sunday period. Low-level flow will increase during Saturday Night into Sunday AM to also increase orographic forcing into favored zones such as that of the High Knob Massif-Black Mountain corridor.
Hit-miss showers & thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall. Winds SSW to SW at 5-15 mph, with higher gusts, along mid to upper elevation mountain ridges and plateaus. Humid. Temperatures varying from low-mid 70s at the highest elevations to the lower-middle 80s.
Saturday Night Into Sunday Morning
Showers & downpours in thunderstorms becoming likely. Locally heavy rainfall. Winds SSW to SW 5-15 mph, with higher gusts, along mountain ridges-plateaus below 2700 feet. Winds SW-WSW 10-20 mph, with higher gusts, along mountain ridges above 2700 feet. Temperatures from the upper 50s to mid-upper 60s.
Sunday Morning Into Sunday Afternoon
Showers & downpours in thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall. Winds SSW-WSW at 5-15 mph, with higher gusts. Temperatures varying from the 60s to lower-middle 70s.
Weather Discussion ( May 31-June 4 )
Early Saturday Update
While hit-miss showers and downpours in thunderstorms will be possible Saturday, they will become likely during Saturday Night & Sunday as a cold front pushes east into the Appalachians. Some storms could be strong to severe from Saturday afternoon into Sunday.
Reference Early Summer 2016 In The Appalachians for more photographs of dramatic skies above the High Knob Massif as thunderstorms began erupting Thursday afternoon ( June 2 ).
The High Knob Massif, especially central-eastern portions, have been a focus for heavy rainfall during the past few days.
Locations in the RED on the above graphic had an estimated 2.00″ to 3.00″+ of rainfall during the 36-hour period ending at just after midnight on June 3 ( 12:08 AM ). The heaviest rains being focused upon the Little Stony Creek Basin ( from above Bark Camp Lake to along Little Stony Gorge ) and eastern sections of the Big Stony Creek Basin ( in the Glades ).
Strong water level rises, with ROARING whitewater, were observed on both Little Stony Creek and Big Stony Creek.
Forecast models continue to show an increasing coverage of showers-thunderstorms by later Saturday & Saturday Night into Sunday.
The GFS ( above ) keeps more of a hit-miss pattern while the NAM and European models forecast widespread coverage to develop into Saturday Night and Sunday. The European is placing the heaviest rainfall corridor across far southwest Virginia and extreme southeastern Kentucky, as well as along portions of the lower Tennessee Valley and plateau.
The Storm Prediction Center has the entire area within a slight risk for severe thunderstorms between 8:00 AM Saturday and 8:00 AM Sunday.
Wind damage will be the greatest severe risk parameter, outside of always dangerous lightning and downpours of heavy rainfall.
An added factor will be increasing pressure gradient winds and enhancement of orographic forcing by Saturday Night into Sunday in advance of a upper air trough and surface cold frontal boundary. This will favor a heavy to excessive rainfall potential for the High Knob Massif-Black Mountain corridor on general SW air flow trajectories.
Please remain alert to changing conditions this weekend and keep NOAA Weather Radio and mobile devices handy when outside to monitor the potential for strong to locally severe storms and heavy rains.