On Tuesday, Doppler radar picked up a large storm cell that was measured to be capable of producing severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall over the western Appalachian region, heading towards central Virginia. A severe thunderstorm watch bulletin was sent by the The National Weather Service. A watch is in effect until 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night.
The watch applies to the following municipalities and surrounding areas, “Amelia, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Essex, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Louisa, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Powhatan, Richmond, and City of Richmond.” Residents in these areas should watch their local weather channel for further notifications on the storm and other possible emergency alerts. The National Weather Service urges people in these areas to express caution in severe thunderstorm conditions.
There have been no reports of conditions that may be favorable for tornadoes as of yet. Local storm spotters will continue to monitor conditions while the storm advances to relay information.
A cold front is forecast to move slowly over Central Virginia tonight into Wednesday morning, possibly bringing rainfall and thunderstorms. Conditions should be decent on Wednesday, with highs in the high 80s to low 90s.
By Alex Lemieux
ABC 8 News: StormTracker Weather Forecast
ABC 8 News: Severe Thunderstorm Watch
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