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Severe storms possible into Saturday evening

Posted at 8:47 AM, May 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-27 14:51:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A cold front and some energy approaching from the west will both help trigger scattered thunderstorms Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening.

Widely scattered storms will develop near Interstate 81 in western Virginia.  Storms should turn more numerous as they track eastward into central Virginia.  The storm threat will increase after 4 pm in Richmond, and the best window for seeing storms looks to be until around 9 pm.

Here is an hour-by-hour look at the storms.  This computer model gives a general idea on the placement of the storms.

There is the potential for some storms to be severe. In addition to frequent lightning and locally heavy downpours, large hail and strong wind gusts are possible.  The threat for tornadoes is very low, but not zero percent.

The severe weather threat will diminish around midnight across southside Virginia.  Chances for storms will be a bit lower on Sunday, but some isolated strong storms are possible, mostly south and west of Richmond.

Another cold front will track across the state on Memorial Day, bringing the chance for more scattered strong storms.

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