updated by Meteorologist Andrew Freiden (11:35am 5/1/2017)
A strong cold front will be moving through central Virginia tomorrow evening and there will be the potential for some strong to severe thunderstorms. Here is the latest storm outlook showing that the Richmond metro is under a SLIGHT RISK, which is level 2 out of 5 on the SPC's scale.
THIS IS A CHANGE AS OF MIDDAY TODAY
First Alert: Timing now looks a little LATER than our previous forecast.
The best chance for these storms will come this evening. We can't rule out a spotty shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon, but a line of thunderstorms is expected to cross the area Monday evening pushing through metro Richmond between 8pm and midnight. The main threats from the stronger storms will be damaging winds, hail, along with the possibility of an isolated tornado. We won't all get rain. Although a squall line could form, I expect breaks in the line.
For this reason, Today is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY and we want you to be weather aware, particularly during the evening.
All of the threats above are on the table but HAIL is least likely. Winds and even a strong tornado are a threat. And there are signs that the threat could continue South and East of Richmond through 3-4am.
We'll continue to monitor this closely and keep you updated! If you haven't already, be sure to download the FREE NBC12 First Alert Weather App for your mobile device.