Strong to severe storms possible Wednesday and Thursday

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While the mild conditions are sticking around for a bit longer, strong to severe storms are possible for Wednesday and Thursday.

Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook Day 1 (Updated at 8:44 a.m. EDT)

The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Southwest Virginia under a Marginal Risk for severe weather for Wednesday. A line of showers and strong storm will move in from the northwest Wednesday morning. Showers and storms are possible near sunrise, with Highland and Pocahontas counties possibly seeing rain around 5 a.m. The main threat will be the gusty wind ahead of the line, along with the heavy rain and frequent lightning. If this line hold together, much of the region should see impacts around sunrise before the line pushes further south. A mixture of clouds and sunshine will be overhead for much of Wednesday when it isn’t raining. However, winds will pick up and hit-or-miss showers and storms are possible during the afternoon. Stay alert throughout the day as showers and storms may come your way.

It will be relatively dry overnight Wednesday, but there is the chance for showers and storms Thursday during the morning hours. There is a Marginal Risk for severe weather for portions of Pittsylvania, Halifax, Campbell, Charlotte, and Appomattox counties with the main risk being gusty winds. Even when the rain exits Southwest Virginia, wind gusts near 30+ mph are possible Thursday. These winds will be from the northwest, which will allow cooler air to filter in. High temperatures Thursday will range anywhere from the low 60s west of the Blue Ridge Parkway and into the low 70s to the east.

Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook Day 2 (Updated at 2:00 a.m. EDT)

Breezy winds will stick around into Friday, and snow is possible in our mountains to the west. Up to an inch or so of snow is possible at higher elevations. Overall, little accumulation is expected. Below-average temperatures are slated for the afternoon, with highs only warming up into the 50s across Southwest Virginia.

Otherwise, we’ll see more dry weather for Saturday with a slight warm up with highs returning to the 60s. However, showers are possible for Easter Sunday and Monday morning.

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