First Alert: Cold front likely brings squall line of gusty showers Sunday evening

With a saturated ground, strong wind gusts raise concern for a few trees getting knocked down

Gusty winds possible this evening

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A strong November cold front will likely bring a squall line of gusty showers Sunday evening.

This squall line could tap into strong winds just above the ground and lead to a few wind gusts up to 40-45 mph for a brief time.

The strongest winds are expected as the line crosses from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday evening.

The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the Mid-Atlantic including the Northern Neck of Virginia in a slight risk (level 2 out of 5) for a risk of damaging wind gusts. The rest of Central Virginia is now included in the marginal risk (level 1 out of 5).

There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms across the Northern Neck of Virginia for a risk of damaging wind gusts.
There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms across the Northern Neck of Virginia for a risk of damaging wind gusts. (Source: WWBT)

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is possible (60% chance) in the slight risk area.

There is a 60% chance for a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Northern Virginia including the Northern Neck for mainly a damaging wind gust threat.
There is a 60% chance for a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Northern Virginia including the Northern Neck for mainly a damaging wind gust threat. (Source: WWBT)
The timing of today's rain is mostly confined to the evening hours.
The timing of today's rain is mostly confined to the evening hours. (Source: SPC)

The ground is saturated from the flooding rain late last week, and that weakens the root system of trees. With a weakened root system, some trees may fall with wind gusts up to 40-45 mph, which raises concern for isolated power outages.

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