RICHMOND, Va. -- While the majority of the weekend will be tranquil, a strong storm system will approach the area late Sunday.
The clouds will increase and thicken during the day Sunday. A passing shower is possible during the day, but rain chances will ramp up in western VA during the afternoon, and in the metro during the evening.
Some clusters of strong to severe storms may occur Sunday night into Monday morning. The chance of the stronger storms will increase after about 2 a.m., and the best chance of the severe storms will be near daybreak through late morning. This is especially dangerous since some of the severe weather may occur when people are sleeping.
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Wind speeds up through the atmosphere will be quite strong, and any storm that develops will be able to tap that wind energy and bring it down to the ground. Damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph will be possible.
There will also be a lot of wind shear with this system, and some of the storms may produce rotation. This means isolated tornadoes will be possible.
Here is the severe risk Sunday night through 8 a.m. Monday:
This is the outlook from 8 a.m. Monday and beyond. The slight risk of severe storms shifts from western Virginia into central and eastern Virginia.
With these storms, damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat. Some large hail is possible, and isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
The severe storm threat will move east of the area Monday afternoon. The storm system itself will generate a lot of wind, and wind gusts Monday afternoon may exceed 45 mph.
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