Midday Update: Severe Weather Threat Going DownApril 15th, 2014 at 1:47 pm by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
The severe weather threat for Hampton Roads has gone down significantly. We saw a lot of rain this morning, which cooled and stabilized the atmosphere. I talked about this being a possibility in my previous blog. Check out the rain totals from this morning.
The Storm Prediction Center has taken Virginia and North Carolina out of the slight risk area for severe weather because of the rain we saw earlier. Computer models did not do a very good job on picking up on the heavy rain this morning, therefore they over estimated the amount of instability we would have this afternoon. We still expect a line of showers and storms to develop ahead of the cold front between 4-8 PM. This is the latest Future Trak computer model at 6 PM, so the evening commute is going to be a messy one.
Once the cold front moves in, temperatures will drop a good 10-15 degrees in one hour. Winds will pick up out of the north at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 40-45mph. Cooler air will rush in, causing temperatures to drop into the low to mid 30s by Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has upgraded the Freeze Watch to a Freeze Warning for our northern and inland areas. This warning now includes the entire Peninsula. If you live in any of these counties, make sure you cover or bring inside any sensitive vegetation. Temperatures are expected to drop to around 32°, if not below freezing, for a few hours early Wednesday morning.
Keep in mind that wind chills values will likely be in the 20s early Wednesday morning, so make sure you take that winter coat back out of the closet. Chief Meteorologist Don Slater will have a full update coming up on WAVY News 10 at 4, 5 and 6 PM.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona