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First Alert Weather Day: Low-end severe risk as Fred passes west of Virginia Today

A low end threat for a brief tornado exists, especially this afternoon
Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 11:50 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2021 at 11:31 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - As the remnants of Fred slide west of Virginia, Central Virginia will need to keep an eye out for the low-end potential of a brief tornado. That’s why Wednesday is a First Alert Weather Day.

The remnant center of circulation with Fred is moving into Pennsylvania, where the severe risk will likely be highest. The farther north you go in Virginia, the higher the severe risk gets.

The Storm Prediction Center has most of our area included in the level 1 out of 5 marginal risk and there is a level 2 out of 5 a slight risk for Northern Virginia.

The severe risk is higher across Northern Virginia today, closer to the center of the remnants...
The severe risk is higher across Northern Virginia today, closer to the center of the remnants of Fred.(WWBT)

At this point the threat looks like it’s on the lower side for Central Virginia, but we will keep a close eye on any change.

The other threat we will be watching is for the risk of flash flooding with additional downpours possible Wednesday. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Richmond metro and surrounding counties until Wednesday evening.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Wednesday evening for metro RVA including Henrico,...
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Wednesday evening for metro RVA including Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover counties.(WWBT)

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