Strong Storms A Possibility this Evening

System Moving North to South
Stormy Sky
Stormy Sky Photo credit Matt Demlein, WRVA

Richmond, Va. (NewsradioWRVA.com) - Between the hours of 4 and 7 is the time frame for severe storms Wednesday afternoon. NBC 12 meteorologist Andrew Freiden says that the possibility of precipitation has gone up since earlier today, when they were predicting not everybody would get rain.

Freiden says these storms have a unique makeup to them in that they will be moving from north to south. He says that's due to a huge area of high pressure just to the west of us--that's the same presence that's making it so hot in the midwest. He says that high pressure is sending the jet stream way to the north.

The main threat is heavy rainfall and lots of lightning. There is always the chance that these storms could produce some tornado warnings, but he says that's mainly an issue closer to DC. There is a threat of straight-line wind damage, which can be almost as bad as a tornado. Behind this, some cool weather is expected for Thursday with highs in the 70s. It'll warm up more this weekend.