The stormy and steamy pattern that has been around this week will continue Thursday. Storms will develop along the Blue Ridge Mountains, then drift toward the Piedmont during the afternoon. A few may become strong to severe.
SEVERE RISK: Any severe storms Thursday may produce straight-line winds, large hail and localized flash flooding, mainly during the afternoon and evening. Any outdoor events need to have a back-up plan, or nearby shelter where you can go when the weather turns ugly.
A cold front approaches the region from the west Thursday. This will trigger more numerous showers and storms, with some organized severe storms possible during the afternoon and evening.
Friday will be similar with scattered afternoon storms and highs near 90°.
A stronger cold front will enter the region Saturday and is expected to slow down if not stall over the area this weekend. This would mean increased rain/storm chances Saturday, and lingering storm possibilities Sunday and Monday as well.