Attached is an updated briefing from National Weather Service Wakefield, VA as of 3:00 PM, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, highlighting the expected weather conditions through the end of this week, May 23.
Key highlights include:
- Minor tidal flooding will begin with this evening’s high tide cycle, with water levels continuing to rise into Wednesday and Thursday.
- Moderate to major tidal flooding (inundation of 2-3 feet above ground level) is expected for areas adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay and major tidal rivers beginning Wednesday and continuing through at least Thursday night. Minor to moderate tidal is expected along the Atlantic Ocean facing beaches.
- Wind gusts of 30-40 knots/seas of 8-12 feet are expected across the coastal waters and the lower Chesapeake Bay. Winds will be strongest this afternoon through Wednesday morning.
- High surf and large breaking waves will result in localized beach erosion along the immediate coast.
- While widespread flooding rain is not expected locally this week, heavy rain over the mountains will eventually cause river levels to rise later in the week with some river flooding possible by this weekend.
Please continue to monitor forecasts throughout the week using the links below: