First Alert Weather Day: Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9pm
Scattered Strong to Severe Storms Possible This Afternoon and Evening
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for all of central and southern Virginia until 9 p.m. tonight for potential strong to severe storms. Damaging wind gusts are the main threat along with frequent lightning. Winds could be strong enough to knock down tree branches and powerlines.
The Storm Prediction Center has included most of central Virginia in a slight risk (level 2 out of 5) for severe weather.
While not everyone is going to see a severe storm today and the storms will be scattered in nature, where they do develop in this hot and humid airmass, they would have the potential to strengthen and produce strong to damaging wind gusts, hail, frequent lightning and torrential rainfall. An isolated tornado cannot be totally ruled out, but this is a low risk. The time frame to watch for storms in this area would be from 2pm to 10pm.
Here is what the radar may look like by early evening as of 7pm. Keep in mind, this a model projection and is not gospel, but it gives you the idea that the best chance of seeing these storms in our area today will be from Richmond and points south and east.
We will continue to monitor this closely and keep you posted with future updates.
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