UPDATE: Heavy Showers and Storms Moving Through Southside

Courtesy: Cheryl Thompson in Pearisburg

UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.

Danville, VA - Most of the heaviest rain is now across Southside Virginia and could cause some localized ponding of water on roadways and low spots through the Martinsville, Danville, and South Boston areas into Sunday night.

The rest of the area may get a few lingering showers, but the severe threat has shifted south.


UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.

Lynchburg, VA - Heavy showers and storms continue moving east with heavy downpours and gusty winds. Lynchburg and Southside areas are still at risk for the stronger storms.

Earlier Sunday, storms dropped pea sized hail and torrential rains near Pulaski in the New River Valley. Several trees were also reported down from high winds in the Newport area of Giles County.

The rest of the area had heavy rain and some gusty winds with the storms as they moved over the Roanoke Valley.

As the storms continue moving east, isolated strong winds and very heavy rain can be expected from Lynchburg to Danville before conditions calm down tonight.


UPDATE 3:47 p.m.

Roanoke, VA - Southside and Central Virginia need to be on the lookout for severe storms this evening. Heavy storms have developed as expected in the New River Valley and will be moving through the rest of the ABC 13 Viewing Area into the night.

Some of the storms have even been severe Sunday, dropping torrential downpours and hail, and producing gusty winds.

The storms are expected to remain strong, if not severe in places, as the activity moves east into the piedmont of Virginia. Areas from Roanoke east into Bedford and Lynchburg, Appomattox, Danville and South Boston may end up getting hit with stronger storms into the evening.

Because the ground is still very saturated from the five to 10 inches of rain we had last week, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for areas west of Lynchburg, including the Roanoke and New River Valleys, through tonight.

Clouds and rain to our west are expected to move east Sunday, with additional heavy thunderstorms developing ahead of the main belt of moisture Sunday afternoon and evening.

The storms will likely form first over the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands, before they slowly move east into the Roanoke Valley and foothills of Bedford and Franklin Counties, including Southside later into the evening.

As has been the case much of last week, the air remains very humid. The high humidity allows for any storms that develop to put down extreme amounts of rain.

Any additional heavy rain would likely cause flash flooding of creeks and streams where the heavier storms develop.

Stay with the ABC 13 Weather Experts for the very latest on this developing weather situation. ABC 13 Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases will have your forecast tonight on ABC 13 News at 6 and 11.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton