First Alert: A few strong to severe storms possible Friday afternoon

Gusty winds are the primary concern

A few strong to severe storms possible Friday afternoon

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Friday will bring a low chance for a few strong to severe storms during the afternoon into the early evening.

TIMING

A few thunderstorms may start to develop as early as 1 to 2 p.m. north and west of Richmond, then move east into the Richmond metro from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The threat should end for everyone across Central and Southern Virginia after 7 p.m.

Afternoon storm chance on the computer models
Afternoon storm chance on the computer models (Source: nbc12)
Watching for showers/storms during the afternoon
Watching for showers/storms during the afternoon (Source: nbc12)
7pm forecast
7pm forecast (Source: nbc12)

THREATS

Today’s severe risk is low. The Storm Prediction Center has not placed Virginia under an official severe outlook for Friday. However, temperatures will heat up into the mid 70s this afternoon and that should provide enough instability (fuel for strong storms) as a front approaches. A couple storms may become “bow echoes”, which would indicate a threat for strong straight line wind gusts capable of knocking down tree branches and power lines in a few spots. Brief downpours, small hail, and lightning are also possible. A tornado threat is not expected at this time.

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