(UPDATE) 5/31/19 1:45 PM
With the breaks of sun we’ve had so far today, and a cold front on the way in, the atmosphere will continue to destabilize into the afternoon. The NWS SPC has now upped our severe risk to a 2/5 or “slight” risk on the severe weather scale for this afternoon and evening. Storms later today, especially between the hours of 3-7PM, could produce locally damaging winds in excess of 58mph, large hail, and torrential rainfall. Tornadoes are less of a threat for the area, but an isolated rotating storm or two cannot be ruled out.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in effect for Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, Tazewell, Giles, Wythe, and Bland counties until 11:00 PM Friday night.
Previous discussion as of 8AM Friday:
We’ll be ending the month of May on an unsettled note as a cold front moves into the area today. We’ll be waking up to temps in the 50s and 60s early, with areas of fog, and a few developing showers by late morning. The chance of rain will increase into the afternoon, and everyone will have the chance to at least see a few showers/t-storms with heavy rain at times into the afternoon and early evening. The severe threat is best to our east, but we could see a few isolated storms with hail and gusty winds.
Tonight, rain will gradually wrap up and we will clear out heading into Saturday. Lows tonight will be in the 50s, only climbing into the low 70s for most on Saturday with plenty of sun and cool, dry high pressure moving in. The break will be temporary, however. Another front will move in on Sunday, bringing more widespread showers and t-storms. We look cool and dry again behind this front into early next week. Stay tuned!