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Most of central, eastern, northern and western Virginia are in a Red Flag Warning today, including the entire Greater Richmond Metro Area. We have the dangerous combination of gusty winds, dry vegetation and low relative humidity values. Northwest winds will range 20 to 30 mph today, with higher gusts.
Those winds will lift "very high" tree pollen into the air and seriously aggravate your allergies today. Drink plenty of water and take your allergy medications! Also, avoid being outdoors today if you suffer from tree pollen reactions. Finally, shower before bed, and wash your hair, so you're not sleeping all night in that pollen.
High pressure will settle over our region late Wednesday night into Thursday. Wind speeds will be light, especially in low-lying sheltered areas, which could promote the development of scattered frost early Thursday morning. We'll be clear and chilly, with Thursday morning low temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s. The rest of Thursday looks nice, with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s under partly cloudy skies.
Another quick-moving upper-level system currently in the Rockies will bring a round of showers and isolated thunderstorms to the area on Friday as a cold front moves west to east through the Commonwealth. As I see it now, the best timing for rain will be between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. That may mean some rain or storms could be around RIR during the Toyota Care 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race.
The rest of this weekend looks great! Saturday and Sunday look like they'll be decent outdoor days, with seasonable highs in the 70s. Weak energy on Saturday could bring an isolated shower or two to the region, but we're leaving our rain chances at less than 20%.
Warmer-than-normal temps will continue into early next week ahead of a powerful storm system developing in the Plains. This system will bring a chance for severe weather to the Commonwealth next Tuesday. We'll have our team of storm chasers on the ground in central Virginia in case any severe or tornadic storms threaten central Virginia.
Have a great Wednesday, and Stay With CBS 6, We'll Keep You Ahead of the Storm.