WEATHER: Tracking Christmas Eve rain showers

Posted at 6:46 AM, Dec 24, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Three storms will impact Virginia this week, bringing mainly rain to central Virginia. The first system made us overcast in Virginia overnight, and rain from this system affecting the Southeast U.S. will track northeast through central Virginia Christmas Eve Day. The best rainfall will be in western Virginia, with as much as a half-inch of rainfall possible. The rest of central Virgina will get about a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rainfall at best. High temperatures today will be influenced by the areas that receive rain and those that don’t, as well as a warm front lifting northward into northwest Virginia. As a result, high temperatures the farther northwest you go will be in the upper 30s and low 40s, whereas the farther southeast you are, your highs will reach the low 50s this afternoon.

Storm #1 exits our region Monday evening into Monday night.  Lows will drop into the mid 30s.  Skies will be partly cloudy on Christmas Day with highs in the lower 50s.

A larger storm system (Storm #2) will affect the area Wednesday with moderate to heavy rainfall.  There is the potential for a period of freezing rain for western Virginia during the morning hours.  Highs will range from the upper 30s in northwestern Virginia to the lower 60s in southeastern Virginia.  Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible (especially in south-central and southeast Virginia), and some areas could see more than an inch of rainfall.

Behind the storm, a punch of colder air will arrive for the end of the week.  Another storm (Storm #3) will affect the area with rain Saturday.

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