Meteorologist Brent Watts
First Alert Forecast
6:13 PM EDT, May 22, 2013
Storms continue off and on through the evening. The main risk would be heavy downpours from slow-moving storms. Upper-level winds that help steer the storms are very light. Therefor, many of them will slowly drift along, producing flash flooding.
Hail and strong wind gusts are secondary risks.
STORM MOTION: Storms are generally moving south to north at about 15-20mph.
HEAVY RAIN: 1" to 2" per hour rainfall rates are possible with some of the storms today.
Showers and storms will taper off overnight with lows in the mid 60s.
THURSDAY COLD FRONT
A strong cold front will enter from the west Thursday. Scattered showers and storms will develop, most likely by late morning or early afternoon.
Instability will be modest across the west Thursday with the greatest severe risk in the Piedmont and Southside during the afternoon.
Storms may produce large hail and gusty wind along with heavy downpours. Any storms should exit the region Thursday night. Afternoon highs will reach the mid and upper 70s.
A ridge of high pressure will build during the Memorial Day weekend.
Friday through Sunday will feature mostly sunny skies, lower humidity and cooler temperatures. More clouds enter the picture late Sunday, but it's still a nice day.
Monday (Memorial Day) will be mostly cloudy with a few showers and storms possible.
Afternoon highs through the weekend will be in the low 70s.
Clouds linger through the middle of next week with highs in the low/mid 70s.
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