First Warning Forecast: Wet Weekend

Posted at 2:17 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 14:17:01-04

Meteorologist Madeline Evans’ First Warning Forecast

A Flood Watch is in effect until midnight tonight for much of central Virginia including Franklin, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Williamsburg, James City, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex. Flash flooding is possible but runoff from the heavy rainfall is more likely to result in flooding of streams and creeks, as well as ponding of water on roadways.

More rain to end the week… A stationary front continues to linger to our north and west as several areas of low pressure move along it. That means more showers and storms for us. We will see mostly cloudy skies today with on and off scattered showers, pockets of heavy rain, and possible storms. Severe storms are not expected but localized flooding is possible. Highs will return to the upper 70s to near 80 today. Like yesterday, it will still be muggy with dew point values near 70. Overnight we will dry out for a bit with temperatures hovering in the 70s.

Saturday will be very similar to the past week. We will see mostly cloudy skies with more rain and possible storms. Again, the heavy rain and localized flooding will be our biggest threat. Highs will reach the low 80s and still muggy. Winds will pick up for Saturday, south at 10 to 15 and gusts to 25 mph. Rain will come in waves leaving a lot of us with off and on dry periods throughout the day.

If you plan to do anything outside this weekend Sunday is your day. There will only be a 40% chance of rain Sunday with a lot of us staying mainly dry for the majority of the day. Temperatures will be a bit warmer in the mid 80s and still very muggy. We will stay mostly cloudy throughout the day.

Today: Mostly Cloudy, Showers/Storms (70%). Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: S 5-15

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Showers/Storms (70%). Lows near 70. Winds: S 5-15

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Showers/Storms (70%). Highs in the low 80s. Winds: S 10-15G25

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Low (Grasses, Oak, Birch)

UV Index: 6 (High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Low

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