If you were hoping to get some yard work done today, well maybe you’ll want to start your spring cleaning indoors today! We started off the morning with really heavy downpours in Suffolk and Gates County but now the rain has become much more widespread. This will continue through much of the afternoon, especially along the Southside and into NE NC. This system is all associated with a stationary front and that’s why it will be a slow mover.
The SPC does have our region under the risk for general thunderstorms today and I think there is a possibility of a few thunderstorms, but I don’t think anything will turn out severe. There isn’t a large temperature difference as this front moves through and without any sunshine, there isn’t any fuel being added to the fire. They also have these areas shaded in green under a Marginal Risk for severe weather. So the risk is very low but not completely ruled out if upper air starts to change more rapidly.
Overall, I think the heaviest amounts of rain will be in NE NC and along the Southside. This could lead to some ponding on the roads and minor flooding in flood prone areas. Totals will be between 1-2″ and then decreasing amounts through the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and along the Eastern Shore.
Because of the clouds and rain, we really won’t warm up very much. This morning temps were in the mid to upper 60s and we’re only going to warm up into the low 70s through this afternoon. Sunday though will be much warmer, but also a lot more windy! We could see wind gusts up to 25 mph. It will be very similar to what we dealt with on Friday.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to deal with more rain late Sunday night into early Monday morning. There could be a few showers ahead of the main line but the bulk of the rain will happen after midnight on Sunday. This could affect your morning commute as you’re heading out to work, so stay tuned!
Have a great weekend! -Meteorologist Casey Lehecka