LIVE UPDATES: Tornado warnings in parts of Virginia

LIVE UPDATES: Tornado warnings in parts of Virginia

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Sunday is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY for the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms mainly from after sunset through the overnight hours.

  • A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of Central Virginia, including the Richmond area, until midnight.
  • A Tornado Watch has been expanded to include the Tri-Cities area and parts of southeast Virginia until 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has all of our viewing area under a SLIGHT RISK (2 out of 5 on the severe weather threat scale).

Damaging wind gusts and torrential rainfall will be the main concerns as a strong cold front moves across the region Sunday night. Some isolated spin tornadoes can't be ruled out as well.

Some scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm are expected during the afternoon hours Sunday under mostly cloudy skies.

Here is what the radar may look like around 3pm:

A well defined line of heavy rain and thunderstorms is expected to cross the mountains and move into the west central Virginia Piedmont later Sunday evening.

Here is what the radar may look like around 11pm:

By midnight on Monday morning, the line is expected to be very near the I-95 corridor. Here is what the radar may look like at that time:

The line moves to our eastern counties during the overnight hours Sunday. Here is what 3am may look like:

Rain and any thunderstorms move out before sunrise Monday, winds pick up and temperatures will be cooler during the afternoon under partly sunny skies.

Make sure you have your NBC12 weather app handy, especially later tonight for any alerts. We'll keep tabs on this cold front online, on TV, and on the app. Stay tuned for more updates!

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