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WEATHER: What impact will Sandy have on Richmond?

State Rain Chances

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – There’s been a ton a cyber chatter over the past several days regarding Sandy’s track, intensity, and most importantly, the overall impact on the Richmond area. 

I’ve analyzed the models ad nauseam, and have put together what I think we should be prepared for when Sandy moves into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  I’ll likely make tweaks to all of these at some point between now and when the storm begins.

The graphic below indicates how much rain I think we will see across the Commonwealth, in the time period Saturday through Wednesday.  I don’t expect much rain on Saturday, with the greatest potential for heavy rain late Sunday through Tuesday.

The next graphic shows the timing and strength of the maximum wind gusts we should see with Sandy.  The left axis shows wind speed, bottom axis shows time, and the line indicates what I think our wind gusts will be over the 2-day period.

The last graphic below shows a quick summary of what to expect in the Richmond Metro Area.  This will be the biggest weather event we’ve experienced since Irene, and will likely be considered historic across many states in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast.  Click here for frequent updates on my facebook page, and click the “like” button while you’re there. -Zach

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