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Storm Central: Flash Flood Watch as Storms Subside in Fredericksburg Area

Fredericksburg area weather forecasts and information to prepare for and resolve any storm related situations. Check back for updates.

Thursday 6:30 p.m. - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford and King George through Thursday evening.  There is a 30 percent chance of showers before 8 p.m. and an even slighter chance overnight.

Scattered sprinkles Friday morning will make way for a mostly sunny day, with a high near 79.

Thursday 5 p.m. - Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and area drivers report many road closures due to storm related damage.  There are more than 24 reports in Spotsylvania County as of 5 p.m. (view VDOT's list).

VDOT's Road Conditions Table is available online.

Thursday 4:50 p.m. - Thursday's Storms: Your Photos and Videos

Thursday 4:30 p.m. - Power Outages After Thursday Afternoon's Storm

Thursday 3:35 p.m. - CentRappReg Library ‏@crrlnews: All CRRL branches are now closed for the remainder of the day, Thursday, June 13, due to weather. Be safe tonight!

Lafayette Upper Elementary School will dismiss students at 3:40 p.m. due to the inclement weather.

Thursday 3:05 p.m. - The tornado warning for Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford has expired.  The National Weather Service has now issued a flash flood warning for these areas until 5:45 p.m., a flash flood watch from 5:45 - 8 p.m. and a severe thunderstorm watch until 7 p.m.

James Monroe High School reports the school was on Tornado Watch/Warning lockdown until 3 p.m.

Thursday 2:26 p.m. - The NWS has issued a tornado warning for the City of Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania through 3 p.m.  Storms with the potential to produce a tornado have been seen in central Spotsylvania County, the NWS said.

Thursday 2 p.m. - The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning through 2:45 p.m. for the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford.  A severe storm is moving northeast from Mineral, Va., with hail the size of ping-pong balls and winds up to 60-miles-per-hour.

Thursday 1:15 p.m. - The National Weather Services has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of Virginia, DC, Maryland and West Virginia, including the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Orange, Culpeper and King George. 

Thursday 12 p.m. - Storm Preparation Checklist: 13 Reminders: No matter what kind of storm comes our way, this list of tips will help you prepare for and recover from significant weather events. 

Thursday 11:10 a.m. - VRE ‏@VaRailXpress:  "In case of weather related delays we have moved up our longer sets for our earlier departing trains to handle possible crowding this evening."

Thursday 10:40 a.m. - "Due to the possibility of inclement weather Orange County Public School students will be dismissed 2 hours early, today June 13th. Head start classes will dismiss on time. Early head start classes will dismiss at noon. All afterschool and evening activities will also be cancelled."

Thursday 10:30 a.m.

A large line of storms which spawned tornadoes and knocked out power in the Midwest is headed toward Virginia.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected Thursday, mainly before 3 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) said in their 10:15 a.m. update for the Fredericksburg Region. 

"Some storms could be severe, with heavy rain," the NWS said.  A high near 93 is expected, with a southwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

The morning storms are expected to be followed by stronger storms in the evening.  The Fredericksburg region -- including the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Culpeper, Orange and King George -- is under a flash flood watch until 8 p.m.

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Preparing for the stormy weather, federal offices are open Thursday, but the Office of Personnel Management is giving federal workers the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

The pending weather could impact transportation:

Power outages

Winds could knock trees onto power lines. Report power outages to Dominion Power; the company has crews standing by in preparation, including contractors. If your power goes out, contact Dominion Virginia Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; NOVEC 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; Rappahannock Electric Cooperative 1-800-552-3904.

Friday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

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