First Alert Weather Day: Storms with damaging winds possible

Severe storms possible Wednesday afternoon

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 8 p.m. for the Richmond area, including Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico.

Afternoon and late-day storms are likely on Wednesday, some of which could be strong or severe.

As of the Wednesday morning update from the Storm Prediction Center, most of Virginia is under a “Slight Risk" of Severe Storms.

There is a slight risk (category 2 out of 5) for severe thunderstorms today.
There is a slight risk (category 2 out of 5) for severe thunderstorms today.

The main threat right now appears to be straight line wind damage during the afternoon and early evening.

We think storms will fire up on radar between 2 and 3 p.m.

Here’s the forecast at 3 p.m., picking up on a few storms developing.

Storms will begin to develop west of Richmond at 3pm.
Storms will begin to develop west of Richmond at 3pm.

By later afternoon and early evening, the severe threat increases. Even though flash flooding from Monday is fresh in people’s minds, Wednesday’s threat looks a little different. The storms will move vs staying stationary. The flooding threat is low but non existent. Straight line winds could reach severe criteria and is our main concern.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to be more widespread by 5pm along and east of I-95.
Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to be more widespread by 5pm along and east of I-95.
Strong wind gusts are the primary threat of severe weather for Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Strong wind gusts are the primary threat of severe weather for Wednesday afternoon and evening.

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