First Alert Weather Day: Severe storm threat for Saturday night upgraded

Overall threat is LOW but worth monitoring

First Alert Weather Day: Severe storm threat for Saturday night upgraded

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The severe storm threat has been upgraded to a slight risk (2 out of 5) for a large portion of Central Virginia, including metro Richmond.

Threats

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the overall severe threat for Saturday night to a slight risk.

The Storm prediction Center has upgraded our severe weather risk for Saturday night into Sunday morning to a slight risk.
The Storm prediction Center has upgraded our severe weather risk for Saturday night into Sunday morning to a slight risk. (Source: WWBT)

The primary concern with the severe storm threat will be strong wind gusts greater than 60 mph with isolated power outages possible.

There is a 15% risk for damaging wind gusts along and west of I-95.

The threat for damaging wind gusts has increased to 15% for much of Central Virginia, including Richmond.
The threat for damaging wind gusts has increased to 15% for much of Central Virginia, including Richmond. (Source: WWBT)

The Storm Prediction Center has increased the chance (5%) for a brief tornado for areas along and west of I-95, and added a 2% tornado risk area along and east of I-95.

The tornado risk has been upgraded for areas west of I-95 and along and south of I-64.
The tornado risk has been upgraded for areas west of I-95 and along and south of I-64. (Source: WWBT)

Timing

The hour by hour forecast shows the potential for storms arriving in our western counties (Buckingham, Fluvanna, Louisa, Prince Edward) as early as 1 a.m.

The hour by hour forecast shows the potential for storms arriving in our western counties (Buckingham, Fluvanna, Louisa, Prince Edward) as early as 1 a.m.
The hour by hour forecast shows the potential for storms arriving in our western counties (Buckingham, Fluvanna, Louisa, Prince Edward) as early as 1 a.m. (Source: WWBT)

The storms will quickly move across Central Virginia early Sunday morning.

Strong storms could arrive in metro Richmond and the I-95 corridor around 3 a.m.

The hour by hour shows the threat for strong to severe storms arriving in metro Richmond by 3 a.m.
The hour by hour shows the threat for strong to severe storms arriving in metro Richmond by 3 a.m. (Source: WWBT)

By 8 a.m. Sunday morning, any remaining storms are expected to move off the coast of Virginia and drier weather will return for most of the day on Sunday.

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