First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, gusty winds possible Thursday afternoon & evening

Heavy rain, gusty winds possible Thursday afternoon & evening

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - There is a low end threat for strong thunderstorms, gusty winds, and minor flooding Thursday as a cold front drops into the region.

The Storm Prediction Center has a marginal risk for severe storms across central VA. That’s a 1 out of 5 on the severe weather threat.

Marginal risk for severe storms across central VA Thursday
Marginal risk for severe storms across central VA Thursday (Source: WWBT)

A few showers early morning Thursday will be possible ahead of the cold front.

A few isolated showers out ahead of the cold front this AM
A few isolated showers out ahead of the cold front this AM (Source: NBC12)

By the time the front arrives Thursday afternoon, the humidity level will be at near tropical levels (dew points at 70 or higher.) This could help fuel training thunderstorms and downpours as the front passes.

Thunderstorms could develop as early as 1pm and 2pm in metro Richmond. Here’s what it could look like at 3 p.m.

As the front passes over, watch for thunderstorms to develop south and east of Richmond.
As the front passes over, watch for thunderstorms to develop south and east of Richmond. (Source: NBC12)

Our main concern with any storms that develop during the afternoon and evening will be heavy rain that could produce localized flooding and strong wind gusts.

Here’s what it could look like at 5 p.m.:

Strong thunderstorms south and east of Richmond as the front passes over. Main threats are gusty winds and localized flooding.
Strong thunderstorms south and east of Richmond as the front passes over. Main threats are gusty winds and localized flooding. (Source: NBC12)

Main line of rain and storms moves off the coast by Thursday night. Keep the NBC12 weather app handy especially during the late afternoon and evening of Thursday.

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