First Warning Forecast: Rare Level 3 Severe Threat on Christmas Eve

Posted at 5:49 PM, Dec 23, 2020

Meteorologist April Loveland's First Warning Forecast

Clouds will start to roll in this evening. Temperatures won't be quite as cold due to more clouds. Expect lows in the low 40s.

**Wind Advisory in effect from 4 PM Thursday to 6 AM Friday for Norfolk/Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Accomack, Northampton, Currituck and Dare. South winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

A strong cold front will approach from the west on Christmas Eve and cross the area on Christmas Day.
We will see a few scattered showers for the first half of the day, but more rain will build in through the afternoon to evening. Strong-to-severe storms will be possible after 4 PM Christmas Eve through midnight. High winds, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes will be the biggest threats. Most of us are now under a rare level 3 storm threat. Highs will warm to near 70. Clear your yard of any loose decorations or items that may get blown away! Also, make sure you have the News 3 app downloaded!

Rain should move out before the sun comes up Christmas morning. It will still be windy with west winds at 10 to 20 with gusts to 30 mph. Temperatures will start in the low 40s and fall to the mid 30s by the afternoon. With the wind, it will feel more like the 20s.

Temperatures will plummet into the upper 20s overnight.

Dry and cold heading into the weekend. Expect many communities to struggle to get out of the upper 30s on Saturday.

Meteorologist April Loveland

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