Halloween Tornado Watch: First Alert Weather Day this evening

Strong Squall line moves through

First Alert Weather Day for a Squall Line this evening likely to produce some wind damage

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Cloudy, humid, and windy weather is expected on Halloween, but concern is increasing quickly for severe storms near the end of trick or treat time Thursday evening.

Most of Central Virginia has been upgraded to an enhanced risk for severe storms, which is a level 3 out of 5 on the severe weather risk scale.

3PM UPDATE: A tornado watch is up for this evening in areas outlined in RED. These last through 11pm or Midnight.

tornado watch
tornado watch (Source: nbc12)

There will be stormy weather LIKELY after 8 p.m., but there is optimism for a mainly *dry* period of weather through at least 7pm for trick or treaters. HOWEVER, be aware that in the 7pm-midnight timeframe there is a very good chance for a line of strong to severe storms with potentially damaging gusts to move across central and eastern Virginia, and it will arrive as early as 7pm in Charlottesville.

Here’s our cold front forecast for this evening. When the front and associated squall line moves through, it will rain heavily and there could be wind damage.

squall line
squall line (Source: nbc12)

Best advice is to plan your events a bit earlier in the evening in case there is an early arrival of the storms

This is the 8pm model map. Note the early arrival of storms in Charlottesville

forecast this evening
forecast this evening (Source: nbc12)

It’s also a good idea to take your Halloween decorations inside before this squall line with strong wind gusts moves across the area.

These storms could bring damaging wind gusts strong enough to knock down tree branches and power lines and potentially some tornadoes. We are closely monitoring the system and all signs point to the potential for widespread wind damage.

Power outages are likely plus brief heavy rain.

NOTE: Before the rain, it will be warmer than average on Thursday evening, with temperatures in the 70s during trick or treat time. Couple that with high humidity and it’ll be uncomfortable for kids in heavy costumes.

Be sure to download the NBC12 First Alert Weather App for updates on the potential for rain and storms on Halloween.

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