Download our app! Higher-than-usual severe weather threat Friday afternoon, early evening

Wind damage is the main threat, but hail and a tornado or two are possible too

ROANOKE, Va.Make sure you have our weather app downloaded for any alerts that are issued Friday.

The threat for severe weather Friday afternoon and evening is higher than usual.

Before we get to that, there is one band of rain that will move through during the morning. While there may be some claps of thunder embedded within this, the threat for damaging thunderstorms is low at this time.

A few showers and storms may then develop close the mountains around lunchtime.

FutureTracker around Noon Friday

Any breaks of sunshine throughout the day will only add more warmth and more fuel to the atmosphere. Sun is not our friend on a day like Friday.

Strong-to-severe storms then form south of a warm front between roughly 1 and 7 p.m. or 2 and 8 p.m. Friday.

FutureTracker around 6 p.m. Friday

These will move quickly from west to east, with the main threat being damaging wind gusts. The tornado threat is higher than usual, especially across Southside. Hail cannot be ruled out in a few storms either.

Storm threats Friday afternoon and early evening

You can find a more detailed severe weather outlook in the embedded tweet below.

Beyond 8 p.m., a few stragglers may be leftover, but the severe weather threat will be low at that time.

This storm system will linger overhead Saturday, but it won’t produce any severe weather. Rather, it will still fire off occasional showers with temperatures dropping into the 50s by the afternoon.

Cooler, showery weather continues Saturday

This sets us up with one of the coolest Mother’s Days in the last 15 years. High temperatures across the board will be around 55 to 61°.

Mother's Day 2022 to be the coolest in roughly 15 years

Maybe treat Mom to a hot cup of coffee or a bowl of chili.

We’ll warm up into the 60s and 70s each afternoon next week.

About the Author

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.

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