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Wet Wednesday on the way for Central Virginia

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Posted at 9:49 AM, Oct 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-14 16:05:12-04

Tuesday Morning Update

The powerful storm system with a history of producing severe weather, including tornadoes, continues to march eastward this morning.

These are the severe reports from Monday into overnight:

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The greatest severe weather threat today will be to Virginia’s south, but around Midnight, I expect that line of strong to severe storms to move into southwest Virginia toward the western Piedmont before sunrise Wednesday.

With the potential for one to two inches or more of rain over the next two days, there is a Flash Flood Watch in effect for parts of southwest Virginia:

Cloud-cover will probably limit our severe risk in central Virginia Wednesday, but we could still get heavy rain that can lead to flooding, as well as strong wind gusts and frequent lightning. There may be a few severe warnings issued on storms Wednesday afternoon as the cold front approaches, tapping into the warmth and moisture available here.

Here is the updated timeline on storms and the cold front:

CLICK HERE to track the storm using our Interactive Radar tool.

Original Monday Post

RICHMOND, Va. – We are tracking a powerful storm system currently moving out of Oklahoma toward the Mississippi Valley states.

This system will send us scattered showers Tuesday (mainly west of I-95), along with a surge of warmer air from the south into Virginia. Tuesday should be our warmest day of the week in the upper 70s and lower 80s.

But the system will send us heavy rain and the threat for strong thunderstorms Wednesday into Thursday morning. Here’s the timeline as indicated now:

There is the potential for up to an inch of rain east of I-95, an inch to two inches along I-95, and two to three inches west of I-95 (where repeat rounds of rain happen Tuesday through Wednesday night).

As the system marches eastward the next two days, it will likely produce severe weather from the southern Plains through the Midwest and Southeast states.

CLICK HERE to track the storm using our Interactive Radar tool.

By the time the system gets to central Virginia, it may not be as potent, but we should still prepare for heavy rain, potential flooding impacts, lightning and the threat of strong to damaging wind gusts. We will update you on the exact timing for the worst of the rain and storm threats.

Stay with CBS 6, we’ll keep you ahead of the storm.