Strong storms moved through the Commonwealth Friday and deposited some significant hailstones over a variety of locations. There was a tornado warning at 5:15 pm just north of Danville and the cell maintained rotation signatures through southern Halifax county before the warning expired at 6:45 pm. No confirmation of a touchdown or even a funnel cloud yet, but there were gusty winds, broad rotation on radar, heavy rain, and hail.
A very complicated pattern is hovering over the Commonwealth and there is a good chance for us to see some strong to severe storms once again Saturday. Timing will coincide with the heat of the day and over our eastern counties.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed a good portion of the region under the Marginal Risk Category for severe storms with gusty winds the main issue, but isolated tornadoes also possible. Hail is also a concern tomorrow as the cells ramp up in the heat of the day. We will be monitoring this situation very carefully for you and please download our WFXR App.
The rainfall and storms are likely to linger into the night clearing from west to east as we move past midnight. There will be some showers and fog early Sunday morning but for the most part, the bulk of the rain will be through by midnight.
Sunday will start the drying process low clouds and fog early in the day yield to partly cloudy skies by late in the day. There are still a few models indicating a few rogue showers early in the day, but even so, the clearing process is expected by the afternoon in almost all model runs.
This will be the beginning of a dry and quiet pattern as most of the new work week will be looking at partly to mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures. I do see a few light rain showers on Tuesday afternoon and evening next week to our north, so I went with a slight chance for a spritz or sprinkle north of 460, but that should be about it.
As for the Blue Emu 500 Saturday night, I am not expecting great weather, but there may be enough breaks in the rain for the race to get in Saturday night.