RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – As an upper-level trough and associated storm system track east Wednesday, dragging a surface cold front along with it, we’ll have the threat for heavy rain and strong thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening. Ahead of this system on Tuesday, a warm front lifted northeast bringing good low-level moisture and warmth back into the Mid-Atlantic. This set the stage for potential heavy rainfall Wednesday. Despite cloud-cover and morning showers, high temperatures this afternoon will still reach the mid 70s before that cold front moves southeast through the Commonwealth this afternoon and evening. Based on the current timing of that front and upper-level lift, along with the best daytime heating and richest low-level moisture, far southeast Virginia has the potential for the stronger storms. However, any of these storms are expected to produce heavy downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds and even some small hail. The timing for the strongest storms will be Wednesday afternoon into early evening, ending from west to east as the front moves southeast. Potential rainfall out of this system today and into tonight looks to range from less than a half-inch west of I-95 to more than an inch to the east, especially in southeast Virginia.
Posted at 12:29 PM, May 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-09 13:12:06-04
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