A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8PM for all of the counties highlighted in red, which includes much of central and western Virginia.
Isolated tornadoes, damaging winds to 70 mph, and large hail up to 2" in diameter (larger than golf balls) are all possible this afternoon and early evening with any thunderstorms that become severe.
Instability is rapidly increasing in the area as a result of ample moisture, wind shear aloft, and peak afternoon temperatures rising into the low to mid 80s. Scattered thunderstorms are developing across the area, producing heavy downpours, frequent lightning, and gusty winds. We'll be tracking the severe threat today. For the latest information, please go to the Storm Room here. Stay with CBS 6, we'll keep you ahead of the storm!