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Lower Humidity & Temperatures on Friday After Thunderstorm Passes Through

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Update Friday 11 a.m.:

For our Friday, a refreshing cell of high pressure begins to move in from the northwest, dropping the humidity, creating a light north breeze, and lowering the temperatures a bit for us Friday afternoon. Overall, it will be very comfortable with highs in the upper 70s to near 80.

The weekend starts out pleasant as that same cell of high pressure settles over the region, making for sunny skies Saturday and highs in the low 80s.

Sunday looks largely dry as well, with a few more clouds mixing with the sun from time to time. High pressure will be edging offshore and making way for a cold front to move in from the west. This will bring the next chance for showers and storms on Monday and Tuesday of next week, as humidity creeps back up and highs return to the upper 80s.

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UPDATE: 4 p.m.

Lynchburg, VA - A strong line of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail, and frequent lightning hit the ABC 13 Viewing Area hard Thursday afternoon.

From the New River Valley to the Roanoke Valley, reports of downed trees and hail were widespread as the system moved over the mountains from the west.

The Roanoke Regional Airport measured a wind gust to 68 mph at 2:28 p.m.

Rainfall on the order of 1" in just 30 minutes was also a concern within the heavier storms.

In Bedford, intense winds toppled a tractor trailer truck onto its side on U.S. 460, according to the National Weather Service.

Viewers described tree limbs and wires flying through the air as the storms blew through.

"This was essentially a squall line of severe storms that blew through from west to east," said ABC 13 Chief Meteorologist Sean Sublette.

Trees were uprooted in Lynchburg, and those still standing had large limbs removed or snapped in half.

ABC 13 Viewers have been sending in numerous pictures of tree damage from the storms. If it is safe to do so, send your damage pics to: pics@wset.com to be used on-air.

AEP reported over 62,000 without power as of Thursday afternoon.

Lingering heavy storms, with gusty winds still continue for Southside Virginia, but the worst of the severe weather has passed.

- ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton

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Lynchburg, VA - A strong cold front is moving toward the ABC 13 Viewing Area today, with lines of severe thunderstorms out ahead of it.

There are already Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in effect for some, and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the entire area through 7 p.m.

The main threats from the storms today will be strong, damaging winds in excess of 40 to 70 mph.

"The window for getting the severe weather will be between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m," said ABC 13 Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases.

The Storm Prediction Center has outlined Southside Virginia in a moderate risk of severe weather, meaning there is an enhanced potential for damaging thunderstorms from Martinsville to Danville and points east and south.

The air is very unstable today, with very warm temperatures and high humidity. The combination will allow for storms to grow severe fast.

In addition, winds in the clouds are blowing fast. As rain falls through the clouds, the high winds are able to be brought down to the surface, adding to the damaging wind threat this afternoon and evening.

Stay with the ABC 13 Weather Experts for the latest on this rapidly developing weather situation.

- ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton

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