Hit or miss storms could threaten Independence Day plans

Not expecting a washout

Fireworks forecast: Scattered storms possible

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Scattered thunderstorms could cause problems for 4th of July plans you may have!

However, the advice from the First Alert Weather Team is not to cancel any Independence Day plans because it will not be a washout and not everyone will see storms!

The NBC12 First Alert Weather App will be a great tool to have at your finger tips to keep track of any storms on Thursday.

Hit or miss thunderstorms are most likely to develop Thursday afternoon and evening from 3pm to 9pm (though a storm could pop as early as 1pm). This is what First Alert Doppler Radar could look like at 2 p.m.:

Here’s what it could look like at 4:30 p.m.:

A few storms will still be possible in the evening from 8 to 10pm.

The hour by hour forecast shows thunderstorms mainly west of the Richmond area Thursday evening.
The hour by hour forecast shows thunderstorms mainly west of the Richmond area Thursday evening.

There’s a low end threat that one or two storms could become strong to severe. Gusty winds and localized minor flooding is possible with slow moving storms. Remember when thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building or hard topped vehicle will keep you safe from lightning - but pavilions, picnic areas, tents, etc. are not safe from lightning and should be avoided.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed Central Virginia in a marginal (low) risk for severe weather on Thursday.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed Central Virginia in a marginal (low) risk for severe weather on Thursday.

Andrew Freiden has a pro-tip for anyone planning to watch fireworks on Thursday evening. He suggests lawn chairs, not blankets, because the ground could be wet from rain earlier in the day.

Folding chairs, not blankets are recommended for this year's 4th of July plans.
Folding chairs, not blankets are recommended for this year's 4th of July plans.

Have a great 4th of July!

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