ROANOKE, Va. – Thursday morning has started with pockets of rain, which we hope will continue. The more rain and the cooler we are, the lesser the chance for severe storms will be. Any breaks in the rain or any breaks of sun will lead to a higher severe weather potential through Thursday afternoon.
Showers will likely continue off and on throughout the morning as a warm front slowly lifts north. Once that happens, any warm air (temps 60° or higher) will fuel the development of storms especially east of the Parkway. This should happen after 11 a.m. or Noon.
Any thunderstorm that develops will have the chance to become strong or severe, thanks to the amount of wind energy above us. Stay weather aware throughout the afternoon, especially in areas from Roanoke/Botetourt/Rocky Mount east.
As our upper level system swings through, a few more hit-or-miss showers and storms may form during the evening in the NRV and Highlands. These would likely weaken as they move east.