A tornado watch is in effect for our area until 5 PM this afternoon. A tornado was spotted along 220 between Oak Level and Sydnorsville at 10:27 AM. At 10:41 AM the tornado was confirmed on the ground along Sontag Road in Franklin County headed north-northwest toward Smith Mountain Lake.

A strong cold front will approach from the west this morning and will move across the region today creating a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms today, primarily this afternoon and evening. Damaging wind gusts will be the main threat. However, large hail and a few tornadoes will also be possible. The stronger thunderstorms will also produce very heavy rainfall that could lead to localized flooding. An area of upper level low pressure lingers into Saturday resulting in unsettled weather before high pressure builds back in late in the weekend.

Your 5-day WHEEcast:

Today: 100 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds gusting to 22 mph and heavy rain. High near 73.

Tonight: 90 percent chance of showers ending around 1 AM. Low around 50.

Saturday: 30 percent chance of showers, mostly cloudy with a high near 56.

Saturday night: 20 percent chance of showers with a low of 42.

Sunday: 30 percent chance of showers, becoming partly sunny with a high near 62.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 43.

Monday: Sunny with a high near 75