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Patrick's First Warning Forecast: Severe storm threat on Saturday

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 22:03:20-04

Chief Meteorologist Patrick Rockey's First Warning Forecast

We have a 50-50 weekend on our hands, with even some strong-to-severe storms possible.

An area of low pressure will sweep across our region, bringing showers and thunderstorms mainly Saturday late afternoon, Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

It looks like we will start your weekend dry, with a mixture of clouds and sunshine on Saturday morning. But the clouds will thicken up quickly. Most of us will have rain by mid afternoon, with thunderstorms in the mix as we head into the evening hours.

I expect our strongest storms to move through late Saturday night and very early on Sunday morning.

Our biggest threat for severe weather is across eastern North Carolina, especially the central and southern Outer Banks. But if you strong storms are possible in Hampton Roads as well.

Our top concern is damaging wind gusts, but heavy downpours, hail and isolated tornadoes are all possible.

By the time you wake up on Sunday morning, most of the wet weather should be gone. And we will enjoy a mix of clouds and sunshine through the day.

Our big weather story next week is a big warm-up. We will start the work week on Monday in the 60s but by Wednesday we will be well into the 80s with plenty of sunshine. Stay tuned.