Patrick’s forecast: A wet and stormy holiday weekend ahead

Posted at 3:06 PM, Jul 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-02 19:05:43-04

Talk about a guest that just won't leave! A cold front has moved into the region and hit the brakes. It looks like it's going to stick around for at least 3-4 days. During that time, areas of low pressure will develop and move along the front, bringing us scattered showers and thunderstorms from time to time. Once the smoke clears (or the front clears), most of us will have received from 2-4 inches of rain.

For your Thursday evening, scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely. A few storms could be strong to severe, with localized flooding being the biggest danger. The bulk of the wet weather will move through during the evening hours. But a stray shower is possible overnight and early on Friday.

Some wet weather is possible on Friday morning. But once again, it looks like the bulk of the rain will arrive in the afternoon and evening hours. Some heavy downpours are likely. We aren't expecting a big outbreak of severe weather on Friday. But a few storms could be severe.

Independence Day on Saturday won't be a washout. But we will have a chance for scattered showers and storms in the morning and again in the afternoon and evening hours. If you have outdoor plans, be VIPIR Ready for storms to develop quickly. And expect a 30-40% chance for showers and storms during fireworks time on Saturday night.

Sunday is looking pretty similar, with a chance for scattered storms, especially in the afternoon and evening. And some of the wet weather may even stick around for Monday and Tuesday.

Weather & Health for Friday
Pollen: Low (Grasses)
UV Index: Low-Moderate
Air Quality: Moderate
Mosquitoes: Moderate

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1971 F1 Tornado: Fluvanna Co 2005 F0 Tornado: Camden Co

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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