First Alert Weather Day: Gusty winds & rain likely Saturday night

A cold front brings rain and gusty winds to start the weekend
Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 12:09 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2021 at 10:38 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Saturday is a First Alert Weather Day due to the threat of damaging wind.

We are watching a strong cold front heading towards our area that will impact any outdoor plans you may have, especially during the evening.

Winds become breezy during the morning out of the southwest 10-20mph with gusts up to 40mph into the afternoon. An isolated damaging wind gust will be possible 5-11 p.m. ahead of the cold front. You’ll want to tie down any loose Christmas decorations you may have in the yard!

High winds likely this afternoon
High winds likely this afternoon(WWBT)

Most of Central VA is included in a marginal risk of severe weather. That is a 1 out of 5 on the severe weather threat scale. Although the threat is low, an isolated strong to severe storm is always possible.

An isolated strong storm cannot be ruled out today
An isolated strong storm cannot be ruled out today(SPC)

Rain is likely to move in after sunset and move out by sunrise Sunday. We are expecting up to a 1/4″ of rain with this system, which we will take. The latest drought monitor data which came out Thursday has all of our area included in abnormally dry conditions at the minimum.

Also to note. The temperatures! We will be well above average Saturday. Normal highs for this time of year are 53°. We have the forecast high at 72°. That would tie the record of 72° set back in 1971. We will keep a close eye on the thermometer as well!

Sunday will be much cooler and dry! Temperatures will be in the low 50s with some sunshine during the afternoon.

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