UPDATE: Friday’s severe weather threat
7:45 p.m. update:
Some high gusts possible in the Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula through around 8:30 pm. Storms will exit off the coast, ending the severe threat, with just some showers left behind them. All rain will end by midnight.
A few lines of strong storms will track eastward across the state into this evening. For the metro, the best window for seeing the stronger storms will be through around 8 p.m., and then the strongest storms will push east of the I-95 corridor. All storms should exit eastern Virginia by 10 p.m.
There is a slight risk of severe weather across the area until later this evening. The main threat from the storms will be large hail and damaging wind gusts. The threat for brief tornadoes is not high, but cannot be completely ruled out. The threat for severe weather is a bit higher closer to the North Carolina border.