WEATHER: Severe weather threat for most of Virginia

Posted at 7:31 PM, Oct 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-18 08:36:16-04

A powerful storm system will move slowly in our direction over the next 24 hours, producing severe weather across many states in the Midwest and Southeast.  As of this writing, a new tornado watch has been issued for a large part of the central and southern Mississippi Valley and will remain in effect until 3 AM.  Strong to severe storms will likely begin to affect Virginia Thursday afternoon, with the threat of storms in central and eastern Virginia increasing by Thursday evening.  The main threat with any storms that develop will be damaging straight line winds, but the low-level wind shear could be sufficient for a few low-topped supercells capable of producing brief tornadoes.  We’ll be tracking this system closely tonight and throughout tomorrow and tomorrow night.  You can click here to go to my facebook page for frequent updates as the system nears the area.  -Zach