First Warning Forecast: Tracking warmer temps and several chances for rain and storms

Posted at 1:03 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 17:12:55-04

Tracking warmer temps and several chances for rain and storms….

As we move through our Thursday night, an isolated shower or storm is possible. Otherwise, we’ll see partly to mostly cloudy skies. Low temperatures will be in the mid 60s.

On Friday, we’ll start our day dry. But later in the afternoon and evening, scattered showers and storms will move in with a cold front. High temperatures will soar into the upper 80s.  Winds will blow in from the southwest between 10 and 15 mph.

Another frontal system will slide through the area over the weekend, bringing the threat for showers and storms for both Saturday and Sunday.  Highs will cool into the 60s this weekend.

More showers and storms are possible on Monday. Highs will be in the mid 60s.

Tonight: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Isolated Showers/Storms (20-30%). Lows in the mid 60s. Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Friday: AM Sun. PM Scattered Showers/Storms (60%). Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: SW 10-15 mph.

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy. Chance of Showers/Storms (40%). Highs in the mid 60s. Winds: N/NE 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health for Friday 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Oak, Maple, Alder)

UV Index: Very High

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Moderate


Tropical Update

5:00 PM AST Thu Apr 20
Location: 37.7°N 42.0°W
Moving: WNW at 25 mph
Min pressure: 993 mb
Max sustained: 45 mph

Tropical Depression One has strengthened into Tropical Storm Arlene. Arlene is moving to the west-northwest in the central Atlantic with no threat to land. The system is centered about 815 miles west of the Azores and moving west-northwest at 25 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. The storm is expected to become absorbed by a large extratropical low and dissipate on Friday.


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.

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