First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms likely on Christmas Eve

Thursday afternoon-evening could bring severe storms and downpours to parts of our area

First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms likely on Christmas Eve
Strong storms likely on Christmas Eve (Source: WWBT)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Christmas Eve is warm, wet, and could feature severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes.

Ahead of this front, we have already seen rounds rounds of heavy rain and a even a few embedded strong to severe storms. Strong wind gusts are also a concern. There is also a tornado risk with higher chances southeastern VA After this frontal passage, cold air will settle in and temperatures will drop nearly 30 degrees between this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon(Christmas Day).

There is a concern for localized flash flooding as these downpours cross Central Virginia.

As of 9 p.m. on Thursday, the enhanced risk has been dropped for southeastern Virginia.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until midnight. From the National Weather Service in Wakefield:

“One to two inches of rain are expected this afternoon into tonight, ahead of a cold front crossing the area. The runoff from this rainfall, combined wet ground with previous rainfall, may result in localized flash flooding, with river flooding also possible into this weekend.”

Richmond is currently the FOURTH wettest calendar year in Richmond’s Climate History...and today’s rain will likely push us up the charts to 3 or even 2!

Christmas morning it’ll feel COMPLETELY different. With cold, dry air rushing in behind the storm.

We could even see a few flurries or snow showers as the cold air settles in. No accumulation of snow is expected as the cold air doesn’t look to be quick enough to catch up with Thursday night’s rain.

Stay tuned to the First Alert Weather App for the latest.

Don’t forget you can call your local provider to report a power outage:

Dominion Energy

  • 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

  • 1-800-552-3904

Southside Electric Cooperative

  • 1-866-878-5514

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