Potent front brings strong storms and high winds
Updated On: Mar 12 2014 07:31:27 AM EDT
HIGH WIND WARNINGS have been issued for areas along either side of the I-81 corridor. Strong winds will develop this afternoon, gusting to 60mph at times.
WIND ADVISORIES have been issued for eastern VA and Southside where winds may top 40mph at times late Wednesday.
A strong cold front will approach the region this afternoon. While a few showers are possible starting late this morning, the main concern will be a squall line, or strong line of storms, that will arrive during the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our region in an elevated risk of severe weather this afternoon.
TIMING: A few showers are possible in the morning to early afternoon, but would be spotty. The best rain chances will be from 2-6pm as a line of showers and embedded stronger storms, moves from west to east, clearing the area after 7pm.
SEVERE STORM RISK: There is an elevated risk that some of these storms could bring exceptionally strong, if not damaging wind gusts down to the surface. While low, a brief tornado can't be ruled out as the main like moves through this afternoon.
HIGH WIND: Even without the storms, extreme pressure rises from northwesterly winds will deliver gusts up to 60mph starting late afternoon through Noon Thursday.
RAINFALL TOTALS: Rainfall amounts should stay under .25" with the exception of rain that falls with any isolated thunderstorms.
Temperatures drop behind the cold front and and the system may end as a few snow showers in the mountains Thursday morning with lows dropping to the upper 20s.
Thursday will be much colder with temperatures dropping to the upper 30s for highs. It will also be very windy with winds gusting to 50mph at times.
The colder air doesn't last long. We return to the spring-like weather Friday with highs in the 50s, and 60s by the weekend.
There are some signs that winter isn't over just yet. Models are trending toward a developing storm for next week that could pair cold air and plenty of moisture. The big question is, will it get close enough to impact our region. This is still something we'll need to monitor. The timing would be middle to end of next week.
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