Rainy weather expected for area over Labor Day weekend

Area residents who are heading out and about this Labor Day weekend may need to take an umbrella.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Pazzolli, there is a chance of rain with possible thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday in the region, and there’s an increased chance of rain and thunderstorms on Labor Day. The temperatures for Saturday and Sunday are expected to be in the mid-80s, while Monday will be nearly 90 degrees. Pazzolli also warned that it will be humid this weekend.

The potential rainy weather caps off one of the wettest summers on record in the area. According to Pazzolli, the summer season – June, July, and August – saw a total of 24.9 inches of rain in the Front Royal area.  The previous record for most rainfall in the area during the summer was 16.92 inches in 2001.

For those traveling, motorists may have to deal with a small increase in gas prices. According to AAA, the gas prices in the area are about $2.50 a gallon. Last year’s prices were around $2.24 a gallon. AAA also urged drivers to check vehicle tire pressure, brake fluid and battery ahead of traveling. According to AAA estimates, of the  million drivers in Virginia traveling this weekend, more than 5,600 will have vehicle breakdowns.

To help increase driver safety over the Labor Day weekend, Virginia State Police will implement the travel initiative Labor Day Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort). This initiative will see an increase in state police patrols as they look for possible safety belt violations over the holiday weekend. Last year’s initiative saw state troopers cite over 500 drivers across the state for not wearing their seatbelts.

Operation C.A.R.E. was put in place to cut down on the number of fatalities due to motorists not wearing their safety belts. Virginia State Police said that, of the 493 total people killed in 2018 so far, 220 of them were due to people not wearing seatbelts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.