Sunday, June 19, 2011

Severe storms possible in Virginia through Monday morning

As an upper disturbance tracks over the Commonwealth later today and overnight, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible, capable of damaging straight line winds, large hail, and even brief, isolated tornadoes. Even if these storms do not become severe, they will still be able to produce torrential downpours that can lead to flash flooding, and also prolific lightning.

Highlighted in yellow is the most likely part of the state to experience severe wind gusts and large hail from this afternoon through early Monday morning:

A mature, "bowed" line of severe thunderstorms is tracking through Kentucky and Tennessee this Sunday morning, producing damaging straight line winds and large hail in response to that upper disturbance I mentioned. This same upper wave during daytime heating Sunday may enhance the line's intensity again, allowing it to survive all the way into the Commonwealth later tonight, and produce the same severe weather. If this is the case, severe activity may occur overnight while most of you are asleep. We will be monitoring the situation around the clock! Stay with CBS 6, we'll keep you ahead of the storm.
--Meteorologist Carrie Rose

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