Flash Flood Watch in Effect Friday

Drier Weather Pattern Returns by Late Weekend
Posted at 10:10 AM, Aug 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 18:22:10-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 2 AM Friday through 6 PM Saturday as an upper-level low approaches the area. This low will provide lift to a warm and humid atmosphere in place over the region, producing widespread showers and a few thunderstorms through the period. Localized rainfall totals of more than 3 inches will be possible.

A few showers will continue to be possible on Saturday as the low moves overhead. Sunday still appears to be a hotter and drier day as the upper low moves east of the area.

A weak upper ridge will develop early next week, keeping typical August heat and humidity in place, with low rain chances each day.

Grace made landfall near Tulum, Mexico early this morning as has weakened to a tropical storm over the Yucatan Peninsula today. The storm is expected to move over the open waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight, and will likely return to hurricane strength before making a second landfall in Mexico this weekend.

Tropical Storm Henri is still expected to become a hurricane this weekend, with a turn north paralleling the east coast this weekend. There is the potential for a landfall in the Northeast late this weekend or early next week. The main impact to Virginia will be large surf and dangerous rip currents Friday through Monday.

More info can be found in the CBS 6 Interactive Tropical Tracker.

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