Tornado watch in effect until 6 p.m.

A Tornado Watch is in effect for areas south of metro Richmond until 6pm.  Turn on your NBC12 Weather Radio.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast through the week, with chances generally dropping the closer we get to the upcoming weekend.

Clouds are hanging tough north of town, and will inhibit the development of afternoon storms.  But many areas are getting sunshine and southerly winds, which is raising temperatures into the 70s and 80s.  That warmth will help fuel storms through this evening, with some potentially reaching severe levels.  Any storm that develop could contain heavy downpours, frequent lightning and gusty winds an isolated tornado is possible especially south and east of town.

Rain chances slightly diminish for the rest of the week but the unsettled nature of our weather will continue.

- NBC12 First Warning Weather team

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in effect until 6:00 p.m.  The following areas are included in the watch:

Prince Edward County
Cumberland County
Mecklenburg County
Lunenburg County
Nottoway County
Amelia County
Powhatan County
Chesterfield County
Henrico County
King and Queen County
Brunswick County
Dinwiddie County
Prince George County
Charles City County
New Kent County
Gloucester County
Mathews County
Greensville County 
Sussex County
Surry County
James City County
York County
Southampton County
Isle of Wight County
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Virginia Beach