Potential hail, high wind gusts headed to Southside Wednesday evening

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A storm front approaching the Southside at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
A storm front approaching the Southside at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)

WAKEFIELD – A storm front approaching the Hampton Roads region could bring hail and strong winds on Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Jonathan McGee said that between 8 p.m. and midnight, Southside residents could see large hailstones and wind gusts up to 65 mph, increasing the potential for downed trees and power lines.

The storm will move through the area quickly McGee said, so flooding is not expected to impact the region. McGee said only about a half inch of rain will fall.

The storm front will drive temperatures down, pushing the high for Thursday down to about 60 degrees – around 20 degrees lower than Wednesday’s high. Temperatures will continue to fall on Friday and Saturday, with highs in the low to mid 50s, but Sunday’s high temperature will put the region back in sunny low 60s.