Friday’s First Warning Forecast: Tornado Watch for most of our region

Posted at 5:08 AM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 22:29:31-04

First Warning Forecast

*** Tornado Watch until midnight for most of eastern VA and NE NC. A Tornado Watch means that atmospheric conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop.

*** Flash Flood Watch from 1 PM Friday to 4 AM Saturday for most of eastern VA and NE NC.

*** High Wind Warning for the southern Outer Banks from 8 PM Friday to 7 AM Saturday. South 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.

*** Wind Advisory for Dare County from 6 PM Friday to 4 AM Saturday. South winds at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.

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A line of severe storms moving our way… A powerful cold front is marching across the country, bringing gusty winds and severe thunderstorms. It will arrive in our area Friday afternoon and linger into early Saturday morning.

Expect a mix of clouds today with scattered showers/storms. A strong to severe storm is possible this afternoon to evening. It will be very windy today, even before storms arrive. Expect south winds at 15 to 25 with gusts to 35+ mph. It will still be warm today with highs in the upper 70s.

The main line of storms will move in late tonight to early Saturday morning (10 PM to 5 AM). That line looks to be more potent and bring us an even bigger chance for damaging winds, localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes.

By midday on Saturday, most of the wet weather will be gone and our skies will clear. Expect high temperatures in the lower 70s on Saturday afternoon. It will still be windy, south at 10 to 20 with gusts to 30 mph.

Easter Sunday will be cooler with high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. We will see a mix of sun and clouds with an isolated shower possible. Winds will relax on Sunday, SW at 5 to 15 mph.

Many flights along the East Coast have been affected click here for Norfolk International flight information and click here for Charlotte Douglas International flight updates.

Today: Mix of Clouds, Scattered Showers/Storms, Windy. Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: S 15-25G40

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Storms, Windy. Lows in the low 60s. Winds: S 15-25G35

Tomorrow: AM Showers/Storms, Clearing Skies, Windy. Highs in the low 70s. Winds: S 10-20G30

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Medium-High (Oak, Sweet Gum, Sycamore)

UV Index: 6 (High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Low

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

April 19th

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