Advertisement

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, gusty winds plus big coastal impacts

A strong to severe storm risk cannot be ruled out as well
Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 3:15 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 2:25 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A potent area of low pressure will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Central Virginia today.

Widespread rainfall totals of 1″ is expected across Central Virginia, with some areas (likely WEST of RVA) getting up to 2″.

We are still tracking the chance for an isolated thunderstorm to turn strong to severe through the early afternoon. Most of us will have a dry and breezy afternoon, with some partial clearing.

A strong onshore wind through midday Saturday means water will pile up on the coast, and will likely cause flooding of low-lying areas along the bay. Biggest flooding expected with this afternoon/evening’s high tides.

In areas under the coastal flood warning, this will be the real deal. LOTS of water coming inland. From the NWS:

“Moderate to severe flooding will cause extensive inundation and flooding of numerous roads and buildings resulting in a significant threat to property and life. Water will be 2 to 3 feet or more above ground level in some areas. Severe flooding will extend inland from the waterfront and shoreline flooding homes, businesses and isolating some neighborhoods. Numerous roads will be impassable under several feet of water and cars submerged. Some areas will need to be evacuated.”

Biggest Impact on Eastern Shore but high water LIKELY for Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula
Biggest Impact on Eastern Shore but high water LIKELY for Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula(NBC12)

Here’s a rundown on the rest of today’s alerts from the NWS:

Wind Advisory for counties along the coastline this evening.
Wind Advisory for counties along the coastline this evening.(WWBT)
Potomac and Upper Chesapeake Bay
Potomac and Upper Chesapeake Bay(nbc12)
Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains(nbc12)
Marginal risk has been reduced now to only include far eastern Virginia.
Marginal risk has been reduced now to only include far eastern Virginia.(SPC)

Download the NBC12 First Alert Weather app for updates on this potential for heavy rain.

Copyright 2021 WWBT. All rights reserved.

Send it to 12 here.

Want NBC12’s top stories in your inbox each morning? Subscribe here.