Patrick’s forecast: Be VIPIReady for some rough weather

Posted at 3:42 PM, Apr 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-20 16:15:21-04

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Tracking severe weather. A powerful cold front will race across the region this evening, bringing with it the chance for damaging winds, flooding downpours, large hail and even a few tornadoes. It looks like storms will start to arrive in our area after 7pm and things should clear out shortly after midnight. This system has a history of producing severe weather, including tornadoes. But damaging winds have been the most troublesome. Stay VIPIReady.

Behind this cold front, things get calmer and cooler. Expect clearing skies on Tuesday, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. That's about ten degrees cooler than Monday. We'll keep the 70s and the sunshine on Wednesday. But a few showers are possible early on Thursday as another cold front moves in.

Behind that cold front, expect highs only in the mid 60s on Thursday and lower 60s on Friday and Saturday. Showers are looking likely on Saturday, with a few lingering into Sunday. It looks like the cooler weather will stick around for the start of the next work week.

Weather & Health for Tuesday
Pollen: Moderate-High (Oak, Maple, Alder)
UV Index: High
Air Quality: Good (Code Green)
Mosquitoes: Low

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1991 Heavy Rain: 5.86" Norfolk
2008 Tornado EF0 Scale Hanover Co, New Kent Co, King William Co. Thunderstorm Damage Caroline Co. Tornado EF0 Scale Bertie Co, NC
2009 Hail, Thunderstorm Wind Damage, Funnel Clouds. Area from Cumberland & Amelia east across Chesterfield, Prince George & Hopewell. Additional reports Essex, Middlesex Counties.

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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