Pinpoint Weather: Strong to severe storms expected Thursday

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(WFXR) — Today the atmosphere is setting up for a rather active day tomorrow. There is a steady stream of moister arriving in the region from the Gulf of Mexico and the Western Atlantic providing the potential for an active afternoon and evening Thursday. 

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire region under a Marginal Risk for severe storms with the NE corner of the viewing area in the Slight Risk. 

The main threat is expected to be gusty winds, but hail and an isolated tornado are not off the table.

The other aspect to the storms will be a good deal of rain. I am expecting around 1 – 2” of rain in the region and some spots may drop over 3″ as the storms have a lot of water to work with this time. 

As for the timing of the rainy and stormy weather, the rain will be off and on starting tonight.  The line of heavy and dangerous storms is forecast to arrive after around 1pm in the western communities and fall over the Piedmont by around 2 or 3 pm.  The Piedmont is where the ingredients for the strongest storms are more likely. 

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Friday will be on the quiet side, relatively speaking, as there will be a few pop-up storms but nothing organized.

Saturday and Sunday will be typical of our summer patterns here in western Virginia with showers and storms capable of forming each afternoon in the heat of the day. Highs will be on the warmer than normal side, topping out in the middle to upper 80s. 

Monday through the middle of the new work week we can look forward to some heat and humidity.  Hazy, hot and humid will be used a lot next week as the mercury in the thermometer is slated to cross into the 90s as early as Monday and repeat that each day for a while.  Associated with the heat will be the chance for some isolated storms to arrive each afternoon as well. 

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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