There's a LOT on the weather plate this morning, and it's all hinging around one storm system. The first half of today will be fairly quiet; it'll be the afternoon when things get interesting.
A cold front is expected to move through the region today. This front will trigger some showers and even some thunderstorms this afternoon. In fact, the Storm Prediction Center has areas south and east of Charlottesville under a slight risk for severe weather; this means that some thunderstorms that may produce gusty winds, heavy rain, hail, and isolated tornadoes. While the threat for severe thunderstorms should be relegated to only a few, something that will affect everyone this afternoon is very gusty winds as the cold front moves through. Wind gusts in Orange and Culpeper Counties may reach 55 miles per hour, and gusts in Albemarle, Madison, Greene, and Nelson Counties are expected to reach 60 miles per hour. Please make sure all outdoor lawn furniture is secured, and if you're driving a high-profile vehicle use extra caution. Keep both hands on the wheel!
All of this "chaos" in the skies today will lead to a much cooler weekend in central Virginia. Temperatures will be near the 50-degree mark, but also closer to our seasonal normals. Skies will be sunny, and will stay sunny until Tuesday afternoon when another storm approaches the area. Temperatures won't stay cool for long, as we'll return to the 60s on Monday.
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