Parts of Virginia under a severe thunderstorm watch

Low end threat, but any storms that develop could pack a punch

Parts of area under severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - There’s a First Alert Weather Day for Thursday’s low end potential of strong to severe thunderstorms.

Parts of the area are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. You can find the full list of localities here.

Here’s the most recent map from the Storm Prediction Center.

There’s a marginal risk (1 out of 5) for much of Central Virginia including the City of Richmond and Henrico County, and a slight risk (2 out of 5) for Northern Virginia.

Here’s a model forecast of what the radar might look like at 6pm. We think the biggest rain chance is Northeast of Richmond (on the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula) BUT that doesn’t mean Richmond is totally in the clear.

The most likely time for any strong to severe storms on Thursday will be 4-8pm.

Storms will be isolated, which means not everyone will see them, but any storms that do develop have potential for damaging wind gusts and hail. The storms will likely move quickly, so they probably won’t sit still in one spot very long.

You can use the NBC12 First Alert Weather App to get watches and warnings and also track storms on the interactive radar. We will keep you posted on the storm threat throughout the day.

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