Thunderstorms rumbling across Virginia could bring damaging winds, heavy rain and tornadoes this evening and overnight.
The latest, as of 10:15 p.m.
The Richmond metro area is not under a watch or warning at this time, but that could change later on tonight when a line of thunderstorms moves in from the west.
For the most part, central Virginia will stay quiet this evening. Rain and thunder will become more likely in the early morning hours of Monday.
To our west, a tornado watch for portions of southern and southwestern Virginia continues until 5 a.m. It includes Roanoke, Lynchburg, Lexington, Danville, Martinsvile and Appomattox.
To the north, another tornado watch is in effect until 3 a.m. for the northern tier of the state and the Mid-Atlantic. That one includes Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and the Washington area.
A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms that can spin up tornadoes. A warning means that the threat is imminent, and that you should take shelter immediately.
Thunderstorms with rotation prompted several tornado warnings along and just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains so far this afternoon and early this evening. Though there have been no sightings or confirmation of tornadoes in that region, some scattered wind damage was reported between Galax, Floyd and Martinsville.
Heavy rain associated with a cold front will move through the Richmond region between midnight and 5 a.m., but hit-or-miss storms are also possible ahead of the main line.
It’s a good idea to keep your phone charged overnight, in case the storms knock out power. Make sure you have a way to receive weather warnings that could be issued while you’re asleep.
The primary severe threat will be damaging wind gusts, but some storms could produce hail, tornadoes and flash flooding.
Individual storms will generally move from southwest to northeast today, but the line itself will go west to east tonight.
Every corner of the state has the potential to see strong storms, but the highest probabilities will be in the region between Richmond and Washington.
That’s where the Storm Prediction Center has outlined an “enhanced” risk, or a 3 on their scale of 1 to 5.
A cold front will sweep the activity out to the east just before daybreak on Monday.
After daybreak, Monday will turn dry and cooler but noticeably breezy, with gusts from the west up to 30 mph.
Look for updates to this story later today.
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