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Lots of Rain and Severe Weather Expected

First Watch Weather Coverage

If you’re here in Virginia, you can expect a large amount of rain — upwards of 3 inches or more — overnight and through much of Wednesday thanks to a strong frontal system. This is the same system that has brought relentless storms to the Midwest and South over the past two days and this afternoon.

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All active weather events as of 1800 TUES APR 29 (noaa.gov)

For the above graphic, you can see the vast majority of the South and Mid-Atlantic is under a Flood Watch. Heavy rain bands and strong to severe storms are expected Thursday, which much of the rain coming during the morning hours.

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Projected rainfall through THUR MAY 1 (noaa.gov) 

There is a chance that tornadoes may occur with this front as the wedge of cool air we’re currently experiencing is replaced by tropical air predominately over much of the Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday. Highs will be in the mid-70s compared to the mid-50s today. For tornado preparedness tips, please click here.

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