The ABC 8News StormTracker team is tracking a weather system that will drench Central Virginia on Thursday and early Friday, before giving way to a pleasant weekend.
Most of the region is under a 5 percent risk of tornadoes on Thursday; there is also a slight risk of severe thunderstorms.
Early-morning sunshine will fade behind clouds during the midday to early afternoon and light rain could develop over the region for the commute home Thursday evening. There is a decent amount of moisture streaming out of the Gulf of Mexico and in the Gulf Coast states that is heading toward Central Virginia. That rain, and possibly thunderstorms, will be over the region late Thursday night into early Friday morning. The rain will come down heavy at times, and many areas could receive between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rain before it’s all done. The rain should come to an end between noon and 4 p.m. Friday and some sunshine will appear late in the day.
The region will see partly sunny skies over the weekend, and it will be cooler and less humid. High temperatures over the weekend will top out in the middle 70s. For the beginning to middle part of next week, there will be partly to mostly sunny skies, with highs in the middle to upper 70s.
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