First Alert Weather Day: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued

Peak time-frame in Richmond is 8pm.

First Alert Weather Day: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued
The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been expanded to include most of Central Virginia.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10pm for most of the NBC12 viewing area, and that watch may be expanded farther east.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been expanded to include the Richmond metro area eastward to the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been expanded to include most of Central Virginia.
The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been expanded to include most of Central Virginia.

There’s a First Alert Weather Day for Monday evening’s threat of strong storms.

A portion of our area is now under an enhanced risk (3 out of 5 on the severe weather threat scale, counties highlighted in yellow) for strong storms. The Richmond metro remains under a slight risk (2 out of 5), while other counties highlighted in green are under a marginal risk (1 out of 5 on the severe weather threat scale).

There's an enhanced risk for severe weather south and west of Petersburg this afternoon.
There's an enhanced risk for severe weather south and west of Petersburg this afternoon.

The main concern with any storms that do develop will be damaging wind gusts, small hail and heavy rain. The time frame when strong storms will be most likely will be between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday in Richmond.

There’s a small risk for tornadoes south of Richmond this evening.

The bulk of the daylight hours are looking dry until 5pm. At around 6pm, storms will be arriving in the Farmville to Nottoway and Brunswick county area.

But by 7 to 8pm, we expect the storms to arrive in Richmond. This is the most likely time for strong to severe storms.

Make sure to have the NBC12 weather app with you if you have plans to be out Monday late afternoon and evening and be sure to check back with us for updates here and on NBC12.

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