Thursday Severe threat: Strong storms possible this evening

Wind, Hail, Lightning possible late in the day
Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 6:53 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 7:25 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It’s a First Alert Weather Day for Today, as some severe storms are possible this evening. Here’s the NAM computer model for 9pm. Rain is likely to be isolated BUT could be quite strong wherever cells form.

The bulk of today looks dry, but storms could from 6-9pm, potentially packing a punch.

Here’s the risk category map from the SPC. Severe weather threat is higher the farther north you go in Virginia.

Strong storms possible especially in northern virginia
Strong storms possible especially in northern virginia(SPC)

Most of Northern Virginia is now included in a severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 9pm.

Severe thunderstorm watch
Severe thunderstorm watch(NBC12)

Much of our short range modeling is showing very sparse amounts of rain, but the setup of the atmosphere could produce a tornadic thunderstorm. So it’s a low rain chance, but a high severe threat where it DOES rain.

The rain chance drops off after midnight and a drying process takes hold on Friday and Saturday.

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