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Severe storms possible in the Heart of Virginia on Monday

(WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - The Heart of Virginia could see severe storms Monday afternoon and evening.

TIMING: Scattered, "hit and miss" strong storms will develop before 6pm in the ABC-13 viewing area. The main cluster of widespread storms will push from NW to SE across Virginia between 6pm and 10pm.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for counties north of the James River including Nelson County and Albemarle County. All of northern Virginia is included.

Strong wind is the main severe threat, though large hail is also possible. Heavy downpours and lightning will occur with the storms.

The Storm Prediction Center has put out their severe weather outlook for our area, and our meteorologists agree with their assessment: strong storms chances increase north and east of Lynchburg, though all local spots are at risk of a strong storm.

Areas north of the James River like parts of Amherst County, Nelson County, Rockbridge County, Bath County, Appomattox County, Buckingham County, and parts of Prince Edward County are in the enhanced risk which is a three out of five for the scale.

Lynchburg, Campbell County, Charlotte County, Bedford County, Alleghany County, and Botetourt County are all in the slight risk which is a two out of five.

Areas including Roanoke, Franklin County, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County, and Giles County are in the marginal risk which is a one out of five.

This is a developing story, stay with ABC 13 for updates.

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