Pinpoint Weather: Fred to bring heavy rain, potential for severe weather late Tuesday

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(WFXR) — The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team is continuing to track Fred as it makes its way north through Georgia this Tuesday.

It won’t be raining the entire day, though. Expect some patchy fog Tuesday morning with spotty showers. Heavy rainfall is possible this morning, but rain chances will be higher later in the day. Skies will be mostly cloudy to overcast with high temperatures in the 70s and low 80s.

As Fred tracks its way north, Southwest and Central Virginia will be on the east side of the storm (also known as the “dirty” side). This side of the storm usually results in more impacts. Tropical moisture from Fred will give us periods of heavy rainfall during the day Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Localized flash flooding is possible, especially toward the New River Valley. Generally, much of the region will see anywhere from 1 – 3″ of rain. However, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for several counties in the NRV and Mountain Empire through Wednesday afternoon due to the threat of receiving 2 – 5″ of rainfall.

There’s also the potential for severe weather Tuesday afternoon and into the overnight hours. The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas south of US 460 under a Slight Risk for severe weather. Some strong to severe storms may develop in the area.

We could be dealing with gusty winds with stronger storms. Also, we cannot rule out the potential for isolated tornadoes to spin up. A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of the New River Valley and into Southside until Tuesday at 7 p.m. Conditions are favorable for tornadoes to spin up.

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Much of the activity will end by Wednesday afternoon. As Fred exits the region, we’ll be looking at hotter and muggy conditions through the remainder of the week. For Thursday, expect scattered afternoon showers and storms will high temperatures in the 80s and close to the 90-degree mark. The hit-or-miss storm chances will remain in the forecast through the weekend.

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