RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - There is a First Alert Weather Day for Tuesday afternoon for the possibility of a few strong gust with storms along a cold front during the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has eastern Virginia under a Marginal Risk for severe thunderstorms Tuesday, but what does that mean?
On a scale of 1 to 5, marginal is the lowest category, and is the one most often seen. It indicates that there is an isolated risk for damaging wind gusts (by definition 58mph or greater) and/or large hail and/or an isolated tornado. While it implies a relatively low risk overall, it still merits attention since even a few damaging gusts can be notable. Tuesday’s marginal risk is mainly for a few isolated strong gusts or hail. Here is SPC’s outlook map:
Here is the RPM model radar forecast for 3pm Tuesday afternoon showing limited coverage of storms with the cold front. Most of the day will be seasonable, pleasant and breezy. BUT when the cold front races through, it could kick off a strong storm.
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