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First Alert Weather Day: A few gusty showers/storms today

Strong Cold Front Noon-4pm
Updated: Apr. 21, 2021 at 12:31 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - There’s a low end risk for a couple of gusty showers or thunderstorms in the early afternoon on Wednesday as a cold front crosses Central Virginia.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of Central and Eastern Virginia in a marginal risk (level 1 out of 5) for severe weather, with strong wind gusts the primary concern. A few isolated tree limbs/power lines may be brought down by any stronger wind gusts.

Strong to severe storms possible
Strong to severe storms possible(spc)

The timing of any storms will be in a fairly short time frame, from Noon (west of RVA) to 4 p.m. (near the bay). Since they will be moving quickly, rain totals will likely be 1/4″ or less.

The hour by hour forecast shows a broken line of isolated storms crossing Central Virginia. We only have the rain chance at 50%. We think many neighborhoods will miss out on the rain.

Scattered showers and storms popping up this afternoon
Scattered showers and storms popping up this afternoon(NBC12)

The other concern for Wednesday night into Thursday morning will be the threat for a freeze as temperatures turn much colder. Lows could fall into the low 30s, especially west of I-95.

Any plants that are susceptible to cold temperatures should be protected Thursday morning. Lows likely drop into the mid 30s again for Friday morning with another frost/freeze risk.

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