First Alert Weather Day: Severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m.

Afternoon and evening storms likely Thursday

Severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. for much of Central Virginia.

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded our far southern and southern VA under the *enhanced* risk for severe storms. That’s a 3 out of 5 on the severe weather threat scale for all counties in orange. Central VA is still under a *slight* risk. That is a 2 out of 5 on the severe weather threat scale.

Here’s a breakdown of the greatest severe weather threats, primarily strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain. There is a small tornado risk.

Here are the latest computer model maps for mid afternoon and early evening Thursday. The peak storm threat looks to be 3-8pm.

Here is what it could look like at 5 p.m.:

And again at 6 p.m.:

The storm threat diminishes by 8 p.m.

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