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First Alert Weather Day: Severe weather watches issued for southern Va.

Strong or severe storms possible late Today
Updated: Mar. 18, 2021 at 8:07 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The NBC12 First Alert Weather team continues to closely watch and monitor severe weather warnings and watches issued for southern Virginia.

On Thursday afternoon, Tornado Warnings and Watches were issued for parts of the NBC12 viewing area in the southern portion of the state. Find a full list of active alerts, HERE.

An overnight update has continued a trend in DROPPING the threat lower in Central VA.

Now, the Storm Prediction Center only has a small sliver of Southern VA in a 3 out of 5 ”Enhanced” Risk of Severe Weather.

Timing: 4pm-11pm with peak timing from 6-8pm in Richmond

Threats: Wind, Rain, Lightning, Tornadoes

The southernmost counties in our viewing area (Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Greensville, Sussex) are likely at the highest risk for severe storms. This map from SPC shows the highest risk area is along the southern tier of counties.

SPC focused on Southern VA for Severe Storm Threat
SPC focused on Southern VA for Severe Storm Threat(NBC12)

This threat for severe weather will be dependent on how much warm air gets drawn into VA. If it stays cooler, the severe threat will go way down. If it gets warmer, the threat could increase.

We will have the First Alert to any changes to the forecast as we get closer. Keep the NBC12 weather app handy for updates!

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