The same front that brought destructive weather to the Plains States Tuesday and Wednesday will arrive in Virginia Friday afternoon and continue through the evening.
Storms are expected to arrive tomorrow.
A few showers and storms will develop by mid to late morning in the NRV. The coverage should become more widespread after Noon. Lines of strong to severe storms will become widespread by mid-afternoon, covering a good portion of the region.
The greatest risks will be large hail (Greater than 1") as well as damaging wind (possibly widespread). While NOT likely, a short-lived tornado can't be ruled out in the afternoon.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE:
PLAN AHEAD: If plans require you to be outdoors Friday afternoon, make sure you have a way to get weather alerts. The WDBJ Text Alerts are available so you can get warnings on-the-go. Also the, WDBJ7 Weather App for the Droid/iPhone/iPad/iPhoneTouch will send you weather alerts if you have your phone's GPS turned on.
HAVE A SAFE AREA: Know where you should go if a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning is issued. Here's a few suggestions.
At Home: Seek shelter in a basement away from any doors/windows. If you don't
STAY TUNED TO WDBJ7: Our four meteorologists will remain in the weather center through the duration of the storm threat. We will monitor Facebook and Twitter as well as email reports. Get the latest alerts on-air, online and on your phone.
WHAT ABOUT THE WEEKEND
Storm chances should taper off Saturday as the front exits the region. We'll see clouds linger during the first part of Saturday. By the afternoon, expect abundant sunshine along with drier air (less humidity) and cooler air (highs in the 70s).