Strong to Severe Storms Possible Thursday Afternoon and Evening (UPDATED)


From the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va. —

Attached is a briefing as of 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, regarding the potential for severe weather Thursday and gusty winds, coastal flooding, and hazardous marine conditions Friday into the weekend. (Click on any image to enter the slide gallery.)


Overview and Impacts:

  • Severe Weather is possible Thursday. Gusty winds, marine issues, and coastal flooding are possible Friday into the weekend.
  • Damaging wind gusts, tornadoes, and large hail are all possible with the strongest storms Thursday.
  • The greatest threat for severe weather is along and south of US-460. Confidence in severe storms north of US-460 remains lower due to how far north the warm air is able to move with colder air already in place.
  • Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible at high tide starting Friday afternoon and persisting into Saturday. In addition, large breaking waves could cause instances of beach erosion through the weekend.
  • Hazardous marine conditions and gusty winds near the coast are expected Friday into Saturday.
Updated with March 17 briefing from National Weather Service.
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