First Alert Weather Day: A few strong storms possible Friday afternoon

2-6 p.m. storm window in Richmond

Severe weather threat increases for Friday

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The severe thunderstorm risk has been increased for areas along and east of I-95 in Central Virginia for Friday afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas along and east of I-95 in a slight risk (2 out of 5) for severe storms, with a marginal risk (1 out of 5) for areas west of RVA.

There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms along and east of I-95.
There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms along and east of I-95.

The primary threat with any storms that develop Friday is expected to be damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph. Frequent lightning, hail, and downpours are also a threat. Storms should be isolated, which means not everyone will see them.

The newest forecast model guidance shows storms most likely focused east of the Richmond metro - including the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula this afternoon and evening.

This is an example of what the radar may look like at 4 p.m:

Here’s an example of what the radar may look like at 5:30 p.m.

The most intense storms look to be focused in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area Friday afternoon.
The most intense storms look to be focused in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area Friday afternoon.

Be sure to stay tuned to the NBC12 First Alert Weather Team on-air, online, and on the weather app for any updates on the storm risk.

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