Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop early this afternoon along and near the Blue Ridge, then move east into the Piedmont and diminish during the evening. A few of these could become strong and one or two of these could become marginally severe with quarter-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts being the main hazard. Locally heavy rainfall is also possible with the stronger storms.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected Friday with scattered to numerous thunderstorms on Saturday, a few of which could become severe. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, and locally heavy rainfall leading to minor flooding are expected to be the main hazards associated with these thunderstorms, primarily during the afternoon
and evening hours.

High pressure anchored over the southeast U.S. will gradually drift east and offshore through Friday. A weak cold front will move into the Appalachians Friday and Saturday, then finally move east of the area Sunday. High pressure will return to the area early next week. The cold front will bring an increasing chance for showers and thunderstorms Friday into the weekend. Otherwise, warm temperatures will continue for the next few days.

Today: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and 1am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday: Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.