An absolutely beautiful work-week will be coming to a close with continued sunny and warm weather. Dry conditions stick around for game-day, but a tropical system looks to stir things up early next week.
Temperatures on Friday will once again breach the 80 degree mark under mostly sunny skies. A light west breeze will keep clouds at bay for most of the day and allow warm/dry weather to continue into the weekend.
For the early-morning tailgaters, patchy fog will be an issue Saturday morning. The fog will burn off by mid-morning leading to an absolutely beautiful game day. Game time temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70’s as the Hokies' take the field. Skies will remain clear for most of the game, keeping the threat of a sunburn a reality. Winds will slowly shift to out of the south during the afternoon, allowing natural ventilation throughout the stadium. Clouds will begin to filter in overnight Saturday as the next chance of rain approaches.
The tropics have been abnormally quiet this Hurricane Season. So far, only two Hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic Basin, nearly half the average by this time of year. Thursday morning, Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico and has since set its eyes on the Gulf Coast. Current thinking is the storm will make landfall this weekend as a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane. By early next week, the moisture from Karen will combine with a cold front and march its way up the eastern seaboard into our area. Main threats for us will be heavy rain Sunday night through Tuesday, and the possibility of flooding. Something we will have to keep an eye on as we move through the weekend.