RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Though Central Virginia finally experienced some beautiful spring weather in the last week after such a rough winter, the cold will soon return. The ABC 8News StormTracker weather team is keeping an eye on a cold front that is expected to bring severe thunderstorms and freezing temperatures to the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
A strong cold front is drawing closer Tuesday morning; as a result, winds have picked up from the South. Rain will blanket Central Virginia from southwest to northeast during the morning commute and become heavy at times. As the cold front moves through, there is a possibility that strong—even severe—thunderstorms will develop. The worst of these storms could involve gusty winds in excess of 55 mph, around lunchtime through the early afternoon.
Temperatures will begin falling quickly Tuesday evening and overnight; the temperature in some areas will dip below freezing.
The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning from 3 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16 for much of the ABC 8News viewing area, including the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fluvanna, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King George, King William, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Orange, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland.
Wednesday will be sunny, but temperatures will only be in the 40s to lower 50s. _________________________
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