How Hermine will affect your Labor Day vacation plans

Posted at 12:20 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 12:34:48-04

RICHMOND, Va. —  Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of summer, and many have travels plans that will be affected by Hermine, especially for folks who were headed east. Hermine was downgraded to a tropical storm before sunrise Friday, as winds dropped.

The forecast track will take Hermine through South Carolina Friday, and towards the Outer Banks Saturday morning.

For the folks planning to stay in town and cookout, Saturday morning is when we will have the highest chance of rain.


In Richmond, on Friday night, winds will start picking up. Most football games and The Flying Squirrels games should be fine.

On Saturday,  games in western Virginia may see actually see sunshine.

Virginia Tech takes on Liberty University at Lane Stadium, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Later that day, at 3:30 p.m., University of Virginia plays the University of Richmond at the David Harrison Field.

The Flying Squirrels have games at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with fireworks after both games. Monday’s game is at 12:05 p.m.



If you are headed to the Outer Banks or Virginia Beach, expect a complete washout for Saturday. There will be rain in Hampton Roads down into the Outer Banks, Friday night. Winds will pick up overnight and into Saturday morning when gusts could be over 45 m.p.h.

If Hermine follows her current track, she should pass Hatteras, NC and be offshore by the afternoon — but close enough to keep the winds strong.

Though rain chances are lower on Sunday, wind gusts will still be around 30 m.p.h. and the waves will likely keep folks out of the water.

Virginia Beach has two to five inches of rain projected, with gusts over 50 m.p.h. possible and waves upward of 10 -15 feet. The Outer Banks is projected to get over seven inches of rain.



If you’re planning on heading east to Busch Gardens, Saturday will be a complete washout, until later in the day when chances of rain drop. Rain chances are much lower on Sunday, but there is still a chance of showers and higher winds.

If you’re planning on heading north to Kings Dominion, rain chances are strongest Saturday morning, especially east of I-95.  Rain will turn more scattered in the afternoon. Sunday holds a much lower chance of showers, with lower temperatures because of the storm’s cold front.

The last day of the Chesterfield County Fair will also be rained out early morning, with chances of rain waning later in the day.

Monday will be a nice day to end vacation, with highs in the 80s and some sunshine locally, at the theme parks, and the beaches.



Monday will be the best day for grilling and outdoor adventures like visiting the river or riding the Capital Trail. But Sunday is also very promising and holds a very low chance of showers. Temperatures will be warmer on Monday.

Make plans to visit a museum (catch the Kehinde Wiley exhibit before it closes on Monday), hit up the library, or see a movie in the first part of the day.

If the rain clears in the afternoon, the Hanover Food Truck Carnival will be set up from noon to 6 p.m. at the RIchmond Harley Davidson in Ashland. They will have over 20 food trucks and lots of Virginia craft beer.

Monday will be a great day to take advantage of free entry into Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Genworth’s Free Community Day at the Garden is on Labor Day from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See more local events here.

Read CBS 6 meterologist Mike Stone’s forecast, here.

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