First Alert Weather Day: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Central, Southern Virginia

Friday evening storms; nice this weekend

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Friday is a First Alert Weather Day for the potential for heavy rain and a few scattered strong storms Friday afternoon and evening.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10pm for much of Central and Southern Virginia, though the watch will likely be cancelled early in the Northern part of the watch area. In the Richmond area the storm chance drops by 7pm.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the yellow shaded area until 10pm.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the yellow shaded area until 10pm.

The Storm Prediction Center now has all of central and southern VA in the slight risk of severe weather. That is a 2 out of 5 on the severe weather threat scale and all the counties that are shaded in yellow:

Slight risk now includes all of Central and Southern Virginia.
Slight risk now includes all of Central and Southern Virginia.

Heavy rain will be likely during the afternoon and evening, especially south of I-64. Gusty winds will also be possible with a few strong storms. There is a low end tornado threat.

Damaging wind gusts and minor flooding are the primary concerns today with a low chance for a brief/weak tornado.
Damaging wind gusts and minor flooding are the primary concerns today with a low chance for a brief/weak tornado.

The Weather Prediction Center has most of central and southern Virginia under a marginal to slight risk for flash flooding.

Here is what the radar could look like around 7 p.m.:

If you have outdoor plans Friday evening, make sure you have a plan B to get indoors.

Lingering showers and clouds will persist through the overnight and into Saturday morning.

We’ll have updates on the NBC12 weather app and on TV the next couple of days!

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