Patrick’s weekend forecast: More of Mother Nature’s fireworks on the way

Posted at 3:04 PM, Jul 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-03 20:45:44-04

Last Independence Day we had a run in with Hurricane Arthur. This year, it's a stubborn cold front that doesn't know when it has overstayed its welcome.

It looks like that cold front is going to stick around for at least 3-4 days. During that time, areas of low pressure will develop and move along it, bringing us scattered showers and thunderstorms from time to time. Once the front finally clears the region, most of us will have received from 2-4 inches of rain.

Scattered showers and storms are looking likely for your Friday evening. But the key word is "scattered." It will not be wet all night and not all of us will deal with storms.

Independence Day on Saturday won't be a washout, either. But we will have a chance for scattered showers and storms in the morning and again in the afternoon and evening hours. Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine during the day, with muggy high temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s.

During fireworks time on Saturday night, we'll have a 40% chance for showers and storms. Be VIPIR Ready for storms to develop quickly. Download our new VIPIR app and you can get a heads up about lightning near you.

Sunday is looking pretty similar, with a chance for scattered storms, especially in the afternoon and evening. But it'll be a few degrees cooler, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s.

And some of the stormy weather may even stick around for Monday and Tuesday.

Weather & Health for Saturday

Pollen: Low-Medium (Grasses)
UV Index: Very High
Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)
Mosquitoes: Very High

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1996 F0 Tornado: Northampton Co, NC
1996 Severe Thunderstorms: East Central Virginia, Southeast Virginia - Hail 0.75"-1.75"

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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