Sun and clearer skies are forecast for Wednesday and a break from the rain for about three days towards the end of the week.

The deluge of rain that has dropped several inches of moisture on Southwestern Virginia (and the rest of the Commonwealth) is expected to end early this afternoon, leaving flooded fields, washed-out driveways and even water in basements and crawlspaces.

Five to six inches of rain fell in Floyd County and elsewhere and the New River at Radford hit 16 feet and flood stage Monday.  Rivers and streams topped their banks throughout the region.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg predicts rain tapering off Tuesday and ending around 3 p.m. with a dry Wednesday and less moisture through the end of the week.

Cooler weather over the past weekend and Monday will begin to heat up with a projected high Tuesday of 59 in Floyd, 79 on Wednesday, into the high 70s on Thursday and Friday with 81 on Saturday.

Isolated thunderstorms are expected Saturday, Sunday and Monday before cooling down into the 60s a week from today before isolated thunderstorms returning later in next week.

May is expected to arrive with thunderstorms.

We should have some time later this week to regrade washed out driveways and mow the now rapidly growing lawns.

The rains Sunday and Monday provided a soaking blanket of moisture that the region needed.