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Weather Blog: Update on Today’s Rain Event

Posted at 10:54 AM, Apr 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-22 10:54:49-04

As of 10:45 Sunday morning, rain continues to fall across all of central and eastern Virginia.  Most of the rain is light to moderate in intensity, with pockets of heavier rain, especially across the eastern part of the state.  The total rainfall at RIC through 10 AM is 0.56″, and we will likely triple that before the event ends on Monday.

Low pressure is currently off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, and will move north throughout the day today while intensifying.  Areas along the coast from North Carolina into Virginia will be in a narrow zone of marginal heat and moisture, as well as moderate low-level shear from the on shore wind flow.  An isolated severe thunderstorm or two will be possible in these areas, as well as the potential for a weak and short-lived tornado.  This threat will only exist in areas that are roughly within 25 miles of the coast in Virginia, but will include most of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and the eastern shore of Virginia.

This isn’t the ideal weather for a weekend day, but it’s a much-needed soaking rainfall for a state that is already slipping into minor drought conditions.  Temperatures in central Virginia are currently in the low 50s and they will very slowly continue to fall to near 50 degrees by sunset this evening.  Mike Stone is enjoying a little well-deserved R & R, so I’ll be on the tube this evening and tonight.  Tune in for the latest on CBS 6, and make the best of it on this rainy and cool Sunday! -Zach