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Virginia will have close call with big late-weekend Nor'easter

Published: Oct. 27, 2017 at 9:01 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2017 at 10:45 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Sunday is a First Alert Weather Day for rain, wind and falling temperatures.

We gave you the First Alert to the potential for a significant coastal system developing the past several days. A cold front, upper-level energy and tropical moisture will all come together for rapid storm development off the mid-Atlantic coast through the day today and into tonight.

Virginia will be spared the most significant impacts, since the storm will become strongest when it's north of our latitude. New Jersey north to interior New England will be most vulnerable to substantial weather impacts (wind and heavy rain).

We'll see periods of rain through the afternoon and into this evening. The rain could be moderate to heavy at times. Also, don't be surprised if you hear a rumble of thunder.

Here's a look at rain likely this evening:

As low pressure really begins to crank up to our north later this afternoon and early evening, so do the winds.

Wind gusts near 30 mph will be possible at times tonight into early tomorrow morning. Wind gusts along the coast could top 40 mph at times, especially tonight into early tomorrow.

You'll also notice a quick drop in temperatures later this afternoon into the evening as a strong cold front crosses the area. Temperatures may drop 10° or more in an hours time with the frontal passage. Be prepared for these significant changes and don't forget your rain gear and a warm jacket if you're spending time outdoors!

Before all is said and done, rain totals should range from 0.50" to as much as 1.50". Heaviest totals are more likely to be seen to the north and northeast of Richmond. Rain looks to move out late tonight with a few lingering showers east of RVA possible overnight.

As always, a friendly reminder to keep the NBC12 weather app handy, and be sure to check in for the latest online at NBC12.com and on TV.

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