First Warning Forecast: Strong-to-severe storms Thursday

Posted at 9:21 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 21:22:01-05

Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast

***FLOOD WATCH in effect for Gloucester, James City, Surry, Sussex, Mathews and Middlesex from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning.

Showers will continue overnight with lows in the mid 40s and then warm to the low and mid 50s by Thursday morning. Watch out for areas of dense fog.

The cold front that brought the rain on Wednesday, will actually lift over the area on Thursday as a warm front. That means another temperature boost. Temperatures will soar to near 70. Heavy rain will be possible at times especially during the afternoon and evening. We even have the threat of severe weather. Yes, we are actually tracking the threat of severe weather in February. The Storm Prediction Center has all of the Albemarle, OBX, Southside and portions of inland Virginia at a Level 2 for severe weather. That means scattered severe storms are not out of the question. The biggest threat will be damaging wind gusts and flooding. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible. The rest of the area including the Peninsulas and Eastern Shore are at a Level 1, which means an isolated severe storm is possible. Downed trees and power outages will be possible. Many of us could see 2+ inches of rain. This could lead to flooding, especially in the areas that are under the Flood Watch. Temperatures will fall into the low and mid 50s overnight. Expect rain to continue right into the day Friday.

Heavy rain will be possible Friday morning. You will want to give yourself plenty of time to get to work. The wet weather will begin to move out during the afternoon. Temperatures will warm to the low 60s.

We'll dry out for most of Saturday with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s. It will be a bit chilly for folks heading out to the Polar Plunge at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, but it could be worse. The water temperature is around 44 degrees. Showers will move in late Saturday through at least the morning hours on Sunday. Temperatures will warm to the mid 50s.

High pressure will build in to start the work week and temperatures will once again trend above normal. Expect highs in the mid 60s on Monday under partly cloudy skies. Rain chances will increase by midweek.

Meteorologist April Loveland

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