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Potential for severe storms increasing for parts of the area Thursday

Any thunderstorm can produce damaging wind gusts or perhaps a tornado, especially in Southside

Severe weather outlook for Thursday, 3/18/2021 as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, 3/17/2021
Severe weather outlook for Thursday, 3/18/2021 as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, 3/17/2021

ROANOKE, Va. – The Luck of the Irish is with us for much of St. Patrick’s Day, as we stay dry with temperatures in the 60s during the afternoon.

High temperature forecast - St. Patrick's Day 2021

Whatever luck we have, however, is in limited supply come Thursday.

A storm system that will produce a severe weather outbreak in the Plains will drift eastward, giving us the increased potential for severe weather Thursday afternoon and evening. The greater chance of severe thunderstorms will be in Southside, but all of us need to be on alert.

Timing

Whatever we see in the morning Thursday will just be plain rain (nothing severe about it).

FutureTracker - early Thursday morning

By midday/early afternoon, temperatures will have warmed. This could make the environment more conducive to produce a few strong-to-severe thunderstorms south of U.S. 460 through about 5 or 6 p.m.


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