UPDATE 6:11 p.m.: There is a Tornado Warning in effect in Appomattox County, Campbell County, Amherst County, and Lynchburg until 6:15 p.m. on Friday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
In addition, the NWS announced a special weather statement for Sweet Briar Station, Amherst, and Piney River until 6:30 p.m., as well as a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Charlotte Court House, Keysville, and Drakes Branch until 7 p.m.
The NWS also issued a Flash Flood Warning in Lynchburg, Forest, Timberlake, Madison Heights, Monroe, Amherst, and Sweet Briar Station until 8:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for many parts of Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and North Carolina until 10 p.m.
UPDATE 8:23 a.m.: The Tornado Warnings have expired around southwest and central Virginia, but there are still multiple weather threats predicted around the region through Friday afternoon.
In addition, the NWS issued another Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Southside and central Virginia localities until 9 a.m., including Chatham, Gretna, Altavista, Rustburg, Concord, Gladys, Ingram, South Boston, Halifax, Crystal Hill, Nathalie, Brookneal, Madisonville, Phenix, Saxe, Clover, and Keysville.
There has also been a special weather statement issued until 9 a.m. in Madison Heights, Monroe, Amherst, and Sweet Briar Station.
UPDATE 7:49 a.m.: Another Tornado Warning is now in effect in central Virginia, covering Monroe, Amherst, Sweet Briar Station, and Piney River until 8:15 a.m.
The NWS has also announced a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in multiple Southside Virginia localities until 8:15 a.m. This includes Sandy Level, Axton, Milton, Danville, Mount Hermon, Dry Fork, Chatham, Gretna, Altavista, Brookneal, Nathalie, Clover, South Boston, and Elmo.
UPDATE 7:25 a.m.: A new Tornado Warning has been issued by the NWS for the area covering Lynchburg, Madison Heights, Monroe, Goode, and Forest until 7:45 a.m. on Friday.
Meanwhile, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is currently in effect until 7:45 a.m. for Martinsville, Collinsville, North Shore, Horse Pasture, Bassett, Oak Level, Union Hall, Callands, Dry Fork, Chatham, and Gretna.
UPDATE 6:54 a.m.: The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued issued Tornado Warnings for several parts of Southwest Virginia on Friday.
Those warnings cover Martinsville, Villa Heights, Chatmoss, North Shore, Union Hall, and Westlake Corner until 7 a.m., as well as Martinsville, Horse Pasture, Chatmoss, Bedford, Moneta, and Goode until 7:30 a.m.
In addition, a Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina until 2 p.m.
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Scattered showers and storms are in the forecast for Friday. A few storms may become strong to severe.
A cold front will push through Southwest and Central Virginia Friday, bringing the region showers and storms. Periods of heavy rainfall may lead to localized flooding, considering all the rain the area received Monday and Tuesday morning. Creeks, streams, and rivers will run fast and full in some locations. Water may pond in low-lying areas and in areas with poor drainage.
Strong to severe thunderstorms may have the chance to develop. Currently, the Storm Prediction Center has a Marginal to Slight Risk for severe weather along and east of US 220. Gusty winds seem to be the main concern with stronger storms. However, quarter-size hail and an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out. You’ll definitely want to stay weather aware and have at least two ways to receive severe weather alerts.
Much of the wet weather will taper off late Friday night. By Saturday morning, the front should be to the east. A few showers may linger in the Alleghany Highlands Saturday. Otherwise, a mix of sun and clouds will be overhead. It will also be warmer with high temperatures reaching the 70s and lower 80s.
An area of high pressure will dominate the forecast Sunday and into the beginning of next week. More sunshine is in the forecast with warmer temperatures. Highs will range anywhere from the 70s into the warm 80s Sunday into Memorial Day Monday.
The warming trend will continue through the first half of the upcoming week. The relatively dry weather pattern will stay in place with highs in the 80s and lower 90s by Tuesday and Wednesday.