Update: Not Totally in the Clear
The Severe Thunderstorm Watch from earlier has expired but we may not be entirely out of the woods. Some strong storms are currently affecting West Virginia and a few of these storms could hold together and affect the metro region between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. If storms threaten, we'll post another update.
The National Weather Service assembled quite a list of severe weather and damage reports from the storms late this afternoon. A few of the highlights include:
*Hail was widespread in central Virginia, particularly Orange and Greene counties, and covered the ground in many areas. Six inches! of hail accumulated just north of Ruckersville, Va. Hail stones as large as 4.25" in diameter (that's the size of grapefruits!) were observed which reportedly damaged an SUV.
*Snow plows were called out to clear hail on parts of Rt. 29. See hail photos from NBC29 in Charlottesville, Va.
*Wind gusts of 60-65 mph at Nationals Park, Andrews Air Force base, and T.C. Williams High School (in Alexandria, VA)
See my full forecast for the outlook through the weekend.
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