Severe risk upgraded for parts of our area today
Strong thunderstorms with the possibility of hail and tornadoes are possible this afternoon.
This morning is going to be another mild and muggy morning. Temperatures will slowly rise out the low 60s, as we see some scattered rain showers developing along the Virginia and West Virginia border. Some of these could have some heavy rain associated with them, but the greatest chance for severe weather will arrive this afternoon.
Parts of our area have been upgraded to an enhanced risk for severe weather. This means parts of Buchanan, Tazewell, Bland, and Wythe counties could see the greatest chance for severe weather, though the rest of the area cannot be ruled out, as we still have a slight or marginal risk for severe weather.
Potential hazards from these afternoon storms include the possibility of strong, gusty winds, frequent downpours, hail, and even the chance of a brief tornado. The best thing to do would be to stay weather aware throughout the day and have a way to get weather alerts. Remember, if thunder roars, go indoors.
We could have some flash flooding issues to deal with. The persistent rain that we’ve seen the past few days has led to softer soil, and any strong downpours that we see this afternoon could lead to some flooding.
Timing on the thunderstorms is going to be after about 1 PM, with the highest chance for stronger storms to develop after about 4 PM. Winds could gust as high as 30 miles per hour, and higher with any severe storm that pops up.
After sunset, we’ll begin to lose a lot of that instability, and thunderstorms will start to weaken. After about 10 PM most of the storms will be mainly rain.
Wednesday will be a lot drier, as a cold front moves in from the north and higher pressure takes over. This will lead to mostly sunny skies and temperatures sitting in the low 70s through the rest of the week.
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