UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH until 5 p.m. Friday for the following counties: Accomack, Amelia, Arlington, Brunswick, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fairfax, Gloucester, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, Isle of Wight, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince George, Prince William, Richmond, Southampton, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland and York.
The following independent cities throughout the Commonwealth are also included in this warning: Alexandria, Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Emporia, Fairfax, Falls Church, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Hopewell, Manassas, Manassas Park, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Richmond, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.
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RICHMOND (WRIC)—The ABC 8 News StormTracker weather team is monitoring a system that brings the threat of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and possibly even tornadoes to Central Virginia on Friday.
Clouds will roll in on Friday morning, and rain and thunderstorms will develop ahead of a cold front that will push in and through the region between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The ABC 8 News viewing area is primarily threatened by winds in excess of 55 mph; there's a 30 percent chance the region will experience these damaging winds, and a 5 percent chance that a tornado will strike.
It will be very mild ahead of this system, with highs near 70 degrees, but falling back in the lower 50s by the evening. Skies will become partly cloudy on Friday night and it will be chilly, with lows in the middle to upper 30s.
This weekend the weather will be very nice, with mostly sunny skies and highs around 60 degrees.
Partly sunny skies will be around for Monday, with highs around 55 degrees.
Things turn colder on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs from 45 to 50 degrees, with increasing clouds on Tuesday and cold rain on Wednesday.
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