A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 8PM for southwest Virginia into Buckingham, Appomattox, and Charlotte Counties. Thunderstorms are already developing in southwest Virginia as of 1PM Monday, and more storms are expected into the rest of central Virginia through the afternoon and evening. As a result, this Watch may be expanded later to include more of the Commonwealth.
The severe storms will be capable of damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph and large hail up to 2.0" in diameter, although wind damage and constant lightning will likely be the main threats. Even if storms do not technically reach severe limits, they will still be capable of locally heavy downpours, gusty winds of 40-50 mph, and prolific lightning. Please move indoors to shelter if a storm threatens your location and wait 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder before resuming any outdoor activities this 4th of July. We'll continue to provide updates on air and online as necessary. Stay with CBS 6, we'll keep you ahead of the storm!