Severe weather possible Sunday, storms rolling and sometimes rocking

Storms will start out west early this morning and will track east during the day. By noon, some could turn severe, but we should be clearing out by the late afternoon.

Today's severe weather in the US.

ROANOKE, Va. – Today’s severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center indicates that the NRV, Highlands, Roanoke Valley and most of Lynchburg and Southside are under a marginal risk (1/5). Halifax, Charlotte, and Appomattox counties are in a slight risk (2/5).

These storms will start off as a line in the NRV and Highlands. During the morning they will track further to the east while slowly gathering together and gaining momentum as the sun starts to come up. By lunch hour, we should see widespread coverage of storms in all zones.

Severe weather could pop while the initial line moves through. After the line moves on, more showers could pop up behind it and could also turn severe.

1/5 risk for most zones, 2/5 for SS

Storm threats for today are on the lower side. However, we could see some localized flooding in low-lying areas or in areas where a couple of strong storm cells move over. Damaging winds are possible as the line of storms moves through our eastern zones later on in the day.

Hail could be embedded in some of the stronger storms with strong updrafts, but these will be few and far between. While the tornado threat is very low, it isn’t totally ruled out.

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Today's threats

Here is a look at 11 a.m. this morning. Storms are widespread and the deeper colors of red pose the greatest threat. Lynchburg and Southside will see the heaviest rain and greatest threat for severe weather around this hour while our other zones will be experiencing storms behind this line.

Today at 11am

Here is a look at 11 a.m. this morning. Storms are widespread and the deeper colors of red pose the greatest threat. Lynchburg and Southside will see the heaviest rain and greatest threat for severe weather around this hour while our other zones will be experiencing storms behind this line.

Thunderstorms will last through the course of the early afternoon and will start to dwindle off later on in the early evening.

Rain chances will stick around overnight, but no storms are expected to go severe. Rather, showers and a few isolated storms could form from the leftover moisture and instability not used during Sunday’s severe weather threat.

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Upcoming Week

Looking ahead to the middle of the week. Toward the end of Monday we start to clear up. By Tuesday, clear skies will build in and our temperatures will rise back into the upper 80s and lower 90s. Humidity levels will be down for a day or two, and then once high pressure starts to tail off toward the east, humidity levels will start to slowly rise again.

A look at the next 7 days

Here is a look at your extended forecast. After the severe weather threat ends today, we will start to clear up. High temperatures return and rain chances are very low. By the end of the week rain chances return in the afternoon hours and temperatures cool off a few degrees, but won’t feel like it due to the humidity.


About the Author:

Parker was born and raised in central Florida. He first became interested in the weather at a young age when Hurricane Charlie passed directly over his house on August 13th, 2004. Since that day, he knew he wanted to be a Meteorologist.