HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible through this evening. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of our viewing area in a risk level 2 (out of 5) for severe weather, which means scattered strong to severe storms are expected.
Limiting factors: A line of showers and thunderstorms crossed the area this morning. Factoring that in plus the cloud cover, the atmosphere is more stable.
In addition to this, the position of the low will be key. More of a westerly wind this afternoon will suppress any storm activity.
This is all ahead of a strong cold front that won't even cross the area until late this evening.
What to expect: With some clearing this afternoon, a few isolated showers and storms can't be ruled out. Most of the activity stays to our south and east. However we could still see a few storms after sunset.
The bottom line: It's always best to prepare for severe weather. However severe weather is never a guarantee. There will be a lot of ingredients in place to support storm formation, but also some limiting factors. Cloud cover will have to be monitored throughout the day. The more sunshine we see, the stronger the storms will likely be.
We will keep you updated through the day because things can develop quickly.
To make sure you have alerts in case of severe weather, on your WHSV weather app, click Settings. Make sure station alerts are on, and then click weather alert types. You can turn on lightning and wind, etc., and you'll get a notification when lightning or heavy rain are close to your location.
For more of the extended forecast, you can visit whsv.com/weather.
It is important to be aware of changing weather conditions throughout the afternoon. Make sure you have a way to receive any warnings that may be issued, either through a weather radio or your WHSV Weather app.
This time of year, it is always a good idea to have a severe weather plan in place. Know where you would take shelter from a tornado. Basements are ideal, but if you do not have access to a basement, go to the lowest level of your home away from windows, with as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
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