A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 6 PM for north-central and parts of west-central Virginia (the counties highlighted in yellow on the map below).
As we enter the warmest part of the day this afternoon, strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to develop in western Virginia, then intensify and track eastward this afternoon and evening. Expect wind gusts to 70 mph and hail the size of ping pong balls (1.5" diameter hail) with the severe thunderstorms. Torrential downpours and frequent lightning are also expected with any of the storms that develop. Follow the latest severe weather updates in our Storm Room this afternoon by clicking here. Stay with CBS6, we'll keep you ahead of the storm.