RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of Central Virginia effective through 10 p.m. Monday.
The watch includes Amelia, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Powhatan, Caroline, Dinwiddie and the City of Richmond.
While we are not expecting widespread severe weather later today, some of the thunderstorms that form late this afternoon and evening could be strong. Frequent cloud to ground lightning, heavy rain, wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and hail up 1" in diameter are all possible in the strongest storms that form.
The time we may see this severe weather is between 5-9 p.m. Before 5 p.m., we'll see lots of sun with temperatures rising into the low to mid 80s. Then, scattered thunderstorms will work across the area from west to east, some of which may be severe. After 9 p.m., a second line of showers and storms will develop right along the cold front, but these are not expected to be severe. Rain should clear the area by 2 a.m.
While an isolated tornado can't be ruled out completely, the chance is quite slim. The greatest threat is for damaging wind gusts, followed by hail.
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Be sure to monitor the weather closely today. If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for your area, head indoors and seek shelter in an interior room without windows. We'll be bringing you updates throughout the day.