First Warning Forecast: Severe storm threat for Christmas Eve

Posted at 5:09 AM, Dec 23, 2020

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Tracking storms, wind, and a big cool down… Today will be nice. Temperatures will return to the mid 50s this afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds.

Rain moves in and winds ramp up on Christmas Eve. 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. The biggest rain chances will be Thursday night with the potential for strong to severe storms. The biggest threats will be damaging winds gusts, localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes. It will be very windy all day with south winds reaching 15 to 25 and gusts to 40 mph. Highs will warm to near 70.

Rain should move out before the sun comes up Friday 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.

Today: Increasing Clouds. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds: NE/SE 5-10

Tonight: Mix of Clouds. Lows in the mid 40s. Winds: SE 5-10

Tomorrow: Rain, Storms, Windy. Highs near 70. Winds: S 15-25G40

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

December 23rd

1994 Flash Flooding: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Suffolk

1998 Winter Weather: Heavy Snow inland, coastal ice storm

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