Yesterday there was some pretty bad flooding in a small part of Virginia Beach. The rain came down heavy in the Dam Neck to Sandbridge area. The radar estimated about 4″ in that zone.
That moved out, and the rest of the area had passing showers for the rest of the afternoon. Heavy rain then fell last night between Surry county and Gloucester county for a few hours. There were scattered showers during the morning commute today. That was different from the last 2 days.
The stationary front drifted into our area since yesterday morning. This will be a focus for some of the rain going forward.
The saturated atmosphere is also a primary reason for the heavy downpours. Some of our region is in a Flood Watch through tonight. This morning the watch was from Southampton county north through James City county. It included the whole Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. However, A. This could be extended east by the National Weather Service later today. Also, B. There may be some isolated street flooding anywhere in the viewing area during the afternoon/evening. The area has had about 1-2″ of rain in the last 48 hours with higher amounts in some places.
Future Trak is forecasting the rain to pick up again this afternoon into the evening.
This could run through the evening during the late commute.
We’ll have more scattered showers tonight. Then tomorrow rain will move back in. The models show it anytime between the mid-morning and the mid-afternoon, but they taper it off in the evening. On average we could see 1.5 – 3″ of rain on average through Saturday afternoon. However, amounts will vary widely. Some will have much less. Some much more. One other factor in tomorrow’s forecast is the wind. Today the wind is only out of the south at 5-10mph, but tomorrow the wind will increase to 10-15mph with gusts to 25ph. That will be a factor in any of these outdoor events. (Which there are a lot of).
By Sunday some drier air will move into the region. We’ll still have some clouds and scattered showers, but the sun will pop out more. Plus, there will be a lot more breaks between the rain through the day. High temps will pop up to the mid 80s. We’ll be drier Monday and Tuesday, but some more scattered showers will move in on Wednesday along a cold front. Stay tuned for updates and be careful on the roads this weekend!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler