Talk about a stormy night! Thunder crashed during the predawn hours as rounds of storms moved predominantly across the Southside . The storms had gusty winds near 40mph, frequent lightning, LOUD thunder, and heavy downpours.
A radar estimate of the rainfall clearly shows a distinct path where heavier rain fell (due to storms rolling over the same areas for a few hours) (see below). This prompted a big flooding concern, and there were a few roads that were hard to drive on or impassible.
Within the distinctive rainfall line across the Southside (see above), radar estimates were coming back over 3″ for the areas in the green olive shading …sometimes 4+ inches (like the orange bulls eye in Chesapeake).
If you need actual data, then here’s a check of this morning’s rainfall amounts (with, again, the yellows & reds indicating upwards of 3 inches.
This morning’s rain was sparked by a cold front that’ll eventually stall over NE NC tonight into Sunday. So, expect a hit or miss showers for Hampton Roads this afternoon (more for the OBX) due to the lifting mechanism (the front), the heat of the day, and some upper level energy.
Although the stalled boundary will wash-out (or fizzle) over NC tonight, there will still be some pop-up afternoon showers & storms to dodge.
However, there’s a MARGINAL RISK for severe storms later today…damaging wind look to be the primary risks.
Many of you may “welcome” rain relief, but it won’t be as hot as it was yesterday. Actual highs will top out in the low 90s, but heat indices will hover around the Mid 90s.
It’ll be even cooler Sunday as an onshore wind will help keep temps regulated. Heat index will hover around 90 degrees for Sunday.
After this weekend, get ready for more 80s on Monday before we warm it up again by Midweek.
Meteorologist Deitra Tate