WEATHER ALERT: Severe weather crosses Central VA

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The First Warning Weather team is monitoring the threat for severe thunderstorms, including damaging, gusty winds and hail. A brief, spin-up tornado cannot be ruled out across southeast Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The peak timing for severe weather will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A tornado warning for Chesterfield, Amelia, and Powhatan has expired, however the areas are still under a tornado watch.

The watch issued for portions of Central Virginia through 9 p.m. Friday includes Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Cumberland and New Kent.

Areas already under the earlier watch include Prince Edward, Prince George, Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, York, Charles City and James City counties. It also includes Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg.

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Models indicate that showers will become widespread around 4 p.m. and move from west to east through the evening. We should dry out quickly around Richmond International Raceway by 9 p.m., but it'll take some time for the track to dry from any of the showers.

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Sunshine returns for the weekend. Highs will be near 80 Saturday. A surface cold front will press through the area late Saturday and could bring showers, but the chance is very low.

Next week looks cooler and much wetter. In fact, rain moves in late Monday and will probably continue off and on through Thursday.