Weather Authority Alert Day issued for Memorial Day lifted

Weather Authority Alert Day All Clear


The Weather Authority Alert Day issued for Monday, May 27 has been lifted.


Following a morning round of rain, it will be tough for the atmosphere to recover and produce widespread storms. That said, we do still expect the chance for hit-or-miss severe thunderstorms.

FutureTracker - 4 p.m. Monday

That chance mostly exists south and east of the Roanoke Valley up until about 6 or 7 p.m.


The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit Salem Sunday evening.

EF-1 tornado confirmed in Salem Sunday evening

According to their own research, this would be the first tornado to hit the City since records started being kept in 1950.


10 News is in Salem as crews survey the damage left behind by a “likely tornado” Sunday evening.

Read more about their efforts here.


Meteorologist Chris Michaels has an update on the remaining shower and storm potential Memorial Day. Isolated afternoon storms could briefly turn strong.


The National Weather Service tells 10 News they will be conducting a storm survey for potential tornado damage after Sunday’s storms.

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Salem storm damage

Our Weather Authority Alert Day continues Memorial Day, as several parts of our area clean up from Sunday’s storms and remaining power outages.

Wind damage reports stretch from Missouri to eastern Virginia.

Make sure to stay away from downed power lines and obey any detours or closures that have been put in place.

Stay away from downed power lines Monday

We’re tracking another line of storms moving in from Kentucky, though this one is not quite as potent as the one that moved through Sunday evening.

A line of rain and storms moves in from the west early Monday morning.

Some models have it breaking up a bit as it moves west to east across our area Monday morning, but we’ll still need to stay alert until 10 a.m.

A strong storm or two will be possible east of the Roanoke Valley late Monday morning.

It’s likely that this zaps us of energy for any widespread afternoon or evening storms, so we’ll call that chance isolated for the time being.


The severe thunderstorm watch has been allowed to expire for all counties.

Storm reports continue to come in each hour after today’s line of severe thunderstorms. Expect this number to grow by the morning.

Continuing to come in

Another line of storms moves through in the early morning tomorrow. Here is a look at future tracker.

6:00 am Monday

By 8:00 AM the storms have pushed farther east. A couple of these could be strong to severe.

8:00 am Monday


The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been canceled for parts of the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and Highlands. Severe thunderstorms will clear the Lynchburg area by 9 p.m. Sunday.

Severe T-Storm Watch for Sunday night as of 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

Follow along here for an update on power outages in the area.

6:55 P.M. SUNDAY UPDATE - Power Outages and Viewer Pictures

There have been numerous reports of power outages across the viewing area. Here is a look at the most recent outages.

Current outages

As a line of thunderstorms continues to track across Southwest Virginia we have received many great photos from you. When it is safe to do so, you can send in your own weather photos here!

Viewer photo - knordstrom
Viewer photo - Steph3


A line of severe storms is approaching the Roanoke Valley and Highlands. It has a history of producing damaging wind gusts and quarter-sized hail.


A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been expanded to include parts of the Roanoke Valley, Southside and the Highlands until 9:00 p.m. A watch means conditions are favorable.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been expanded to include areas along US 220.


Severe-warned storms are moving through the New River Valley. Some have a history of producing damaging wind gusts and quarter-sized hail.


A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the shaded counties until 9 p.m. Sunday.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

A watch means conditions are favorable. Storms in Kentucky may make it into these areas after 4 or 5 p.m. today.

It’s possible the watch gets extended east too.


Parts of our area are under a Level 1 and Level 2 risk of severe weather Sunday from roughly 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The strongest storms would produce localized wind damage and/or hail. Brief flooding is possible in areas that have received heavy rain in recent days/weeks.

Threats to watch for in the strongest storms Sunday and Monday.

Another cluster of storms likely weakens as it moves into the area Monday morning. If the cloud cover from it lingers long enough, it could decrease the severe weather threat later in the day.

Timing of potential storms Memorial Day.

That’s something we’ll monitor on radar trends throughout the day Monday.


Watch below as meteorologist Chris Michaels walks us through the potential for storms Sunday and Memorial Day.


10 News is issuing a Weather Authority Alert Day due to severe thunderstorm potential Sunday and Memorial Day.

Severe weather potential according to the Storm Prediction Center Sunday and Monday.

You need to know that it will not be wet the entire time each day, but it’s important to have ways to get weather information.

That’s especially the case on a holiday weekend full of grilling, rowing, swimming, boating, etc.

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Storms Sunday afternoon will start as isolated after 1 or 2 p.m., solely from the heat and humidity of the day.

A cluster of storms, however, will likely move from west to east late in the afternoon into the evening.

FutureTracker: 6 p.m. Sunday

Beyond sunset, the potential for severe weather goes down Sunday.

A weakening cluster of showers and storms will move through Monday morning.

FutureTracker: 10 a.m. Monday

The atmosphere will likely recover into the afternoon and evening, allowing another line/broken line of storms to enter from the west along a cold front.

This would happen likely after 5 p.m. Memorial Day.

FutureTracker: 5 p.m. Monday

It would move east of the 10 News viewing area likely after 10 p.m.

FutureTracker: 8 p.m. Monday

While we don’t expect every single town, city, county, etc. to get severe weather, any storms that are stronger will have the ability to produce localized wind damage, hail or brief flooding.

Threats with any potentially stronger storms Sunday and Monday.

The one thing that could bring Monday’s severe weather threat down is if any morning showers/storms help to stabilize the atmosphere. We’ll watch radar trends throughout the holiday.

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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