Wednesday's storm system was quite a powerful one, especially for January. A strong low pressure system formed, and we were able to stay in the warm sector for two days, while highs reached in the lower 70s, and upper 60s both days! That's about 30 degrees above average.
Here's a look at storm reports from the Storm Prediction Center for Wednesday.
You can clearly see how they are concentrated in the southeast and parts of the Mid-Atlantic.
The blue dots are all damaging wind reports.
There were 7 reports of tornadoes but these are likely overlapping reports, and over 350 report of wind damage, or damaging wind gusts!
Right now it looks like two confirmed tornadoes, one in Tennessee and one in Georgia, but the storm produced tornadoes on Tuesday, bringing the storm total to 13 tornadoes. That number could rise.
We did see some very strong winds for our area as well and it looks like we'll hang onto some fairly strong winds through the weekend.
What did a number on our area was the heavy rain.
Here is a look at some rainfall totals for our area.
I had several other reports and we appreciate all those reports so thank you for sending them in!
Quick side note: We haven't seen over 1" of rain since the end of October!
Although the most precipitation we saw would be the day after Christmas, with the wintry mix and freezing rain mess, we received 3" of snow.
This was also some MUCH needed rain that fell. Yes, it caused some flooding problems, which we expected that possibility.
However there was a fair amount of time where we saw some steady rain which is helping our drought conditions.
This was the latest drought monitor that was released today, Thursday.
However it does not include this week's rain.
So we won't know how much of a dent the rain main in our drought until next Thursday.
Most of the dry conditions are in Rockingham, Augusta, Highland and Pendleton counties.
For the winter weather lovers, we have several Clipper systems moving through in the next few days that will put down a little snow.
For the non winter weather lovers, we're not looking at too much in accumulations, most likely would be a dusting to an inch for each of these systems, unless you live on the Western facing slopes in the Highlands.
Keep in mind if snow falls at the right time or heavy enough when you're driving, it doesn't take but a dusting to cause some problems on the roads.