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First Alert Weather Day: Cold front brings heavy rain threat today (Tuesday)

Several hours of midday rain could bring some localized flooding.
Published: Jun. 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 10:36 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Widespread rain expected today and could bring heavy rain to Central Virginia. There may also be strong thunderstorms and that’s why it’s a First Alert Weather Day.

The peak time for showers and storms will likely be 10am to 2pm as a cold front crosses the commonwealth.

The Storm Prediction Center has also outlined eastern Virginia in a marginal risk (level 1 out of 5) for strong to severe thunderstorms Tuesday. The highest severe threat will likely be east of I-95.

Biggest chance looks to be South and East toward VA Beach
Biggest chance looks to be South and East toward VA Beach(NBC12)

Rainfall amounts could reach 1/2 to 3/4″ in RVA with 1 inch or greater across southside Virginia, especially if there are multiple rounds of showers and storms.

For many areas, the rain will be welcome, as farmers and gardeners have been dealing with dry conditions. The map below shows rain compared to normal over the past two weeks.

The yellow areas show a barely any rain in the past two weeks!

Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Greensville, Sussex (and other spots) REALLY could use a soaking!

Rain Needed in Southern VA
Rain Needed in Southern VA(AHPS)

Keep the NBC12 First Alert Weather app handy for updates on the threat for heavy rain and storms.

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