Weather Aware Day: Evening thunderstorms could bring heavy downpours, gusty winds

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Today is an 8News Weather Aware day as we are expecting rain and thunderstorms late this evening through tonight, and some of those storms could contain some quick heavy downpours and gusty winds as a powerful cold front moves through Central Virginia.

We’re starting off this morning with some heavy fog across portions of Central Virginia and that’s going to slow you down as you’re heading off to work or school, so please be mindful of that. I do expect the fog to burn off by 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. allowing for partly sunny skies for the remainder of your morning. However, clouds will increase during the afternoon and by the evening commute, it will be mainly cloudy across the region. It will be a mild day today with highs in the upper 70s.

A cold front will approach the region this evening and tonight, and begin to move rain across the region. There is a good chance that this cold front could spark off some thunderstorms and some of those as I mentioned before, could have some quick heavy downpours and some gusty winds — so that’s the reason why we are going to be 8News Weather Aware across Central Virginia for late this evening through tonight. The main time frame for rain and thunderstorms across the region is from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., which is a bit later than normal for us.

Forecast Summary

  • 8News Weather Aware
  • Rain & Thunderstorms
  • 8pm to 2am
  • Heavy Downpours & Gusty Winds – Main Threat
  • Unsettled Tuesday
  • Drier Wednesday

We will still have some lingering showers early Tuesday morning as you’re heading out to work or school and the majority of the day will feature mostly cloudy skies with the risk of some scattered showers It will be a mild day with highs in the lower to middle 70s.

Partly sunny skies will return to the region on Wednesday and it will be seasonable for this time of year with highs in the upper 60s.

Thursday and Friday will be sunny but our high temperatures on Thursday will only top out in the middle 60s while Friday will be a little more mild as we reach 70 degrees.

Saturday will feature mostly sunny skies and our highs will be right around 70 once again. Clouds will increase later Saturday and bring us the risk of some rain into Sunday morning as another cold front pushes through the region this front will bring us cooler temperatures for Sunday as our highs only top out at around 60.

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