First Warning Forecast: Flash flooding is likely for the next few days
A wet stretch begins now... We'll continue to endure a stretch of soggy weather due to a stalled front hovering the coastline. Expect mostly cloudy skies today with several more rounds of scattered showers and storms. A batch of heavy rain Wednesday morning caused a lot of troubles on roadways for so many including reports of submerged vehicles, portions of roads washed away, and traffic accidents especially in Isle of Wight and on the peninsulas.
Severe storms are not expected, but pockets of heavy rain will likely produce more areas of localized flooding. Some areas in Isle of Wight received upwards of 3 to 4 inches early Wednesday from the first round.
Meanwhile, low 80s and muggy today with a northeast wind at 10 to 15 and gusts to 20+ mph. More showers and storms Thursday and Friday. However, more sunshine is expected to mix in over the weekend - just not totally rain free.
Today: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms. Highs in the low 80s. Winds: NE/E 10-15
Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms. Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: E 5-15
Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms. Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: E/SE 5-15
Weather & Health
Pollen: Low (Ragweed)
UV Index: 2 (Low)
Air Quality: Good (Code Green)
Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1927 Heavy Rain: 3.42" Richmond
2011 Rainfall Totals Tropical Storm Lee after 4 days range 2-7 inches.
Tropical Storm Rene - Rene restrengthens into a Tropical Storm.
The center of Tropical Storm Rene was located about 510 miles to the west northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Rene is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph, and a motion toward the west-northwest is expected for the next couple of days, followed by a turn to the northwest.
Satellite-derived wind data indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph with higher gusts.
Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Tropical Storm Paulette - Paulette is moving slowly west northwestward over the Central Atlantic.
The center of Tropical Storm Paulette was located about 1,090 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands. Paulette is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph. A general westward or west-northwestward motion is expected through Friday, followed by a turn toward the northwest Friday night and Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast during the next couple of days.
Also, in the Atlantic...
1. A small area of low pressure located about 375 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, continues to produce minimal shower and thunderstorm activity near its center of circulation. The low is forecast to move northwestward at 10 to 15 mph, and some development is possible before it moves inland over eastern North Carolina Thursday afternoon. Interests along the coasts of North and South Carolina should continue to monitor the progress of this disturbance.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...Low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...Low...30 percent.
2. A tropical wave is forecast to emerge off the west coast of Africa on Thursday. Gradual development is expected once the system moves
over water, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or over the weekend while the system moves generally westward
across the eastern tropical Atlantic.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...Medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...High...80 percent.