The same storm system that has produced widespread severe weather from the Plains through the Midwest into the Eastern US this week will bring central Virginia an opportunity for severe thunderstorms Friday afternoon and early evening. Once we reach the peak afternoon heating, clusters of strong to potentially severe thunderstorms should track through central Virginia. These storms will be capable of frequent lightning, damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, heavy downpours, and large hail.
Intensity of the storms should heighten between 5-7PM, just as they are passing through the Richmond Metro Area. All thunderstorm activity will exit to the northeast by 9PM. After the locally heavy rainfall, overnight fog will likely develop in central Virginia for early Saturday morning. If you're planning to hit the road early Saturday morning for the long holiday weekend, please be prepared for that and use extra caution.
We will be providing frequent updates on air and online as necessary this afternoon and evening with the severe threat. Stay with CBS 6, we'll keep you ahead of the storm.