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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 06/ 4/2008

Tornado Watch Issued; Storms Approach

By Capital Weather Gang


2:15 PM: A line of thunderstorms with frequent lightning is moving into the far western suburbs, now approaching western Frederick, Loudoun and Fauquier counties. This batch will move through the metro area from west to east over the next couple hours.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8 p.m., which means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center says hail to 2 inches in diameter, thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph, and dangerous lightning are possible. The most likely timing for severe storms in the metro area is between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. -- although storms may continue after that time.

Resources: Technical Discussion from SPC | NOAA Radar Forecast

See our full forecast into next week (hint: heat wave), and NatCast and UnitedCast for tonight's games. Stay tuned for updates, including this afternoon's CommuteCast.

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 4, 2008; 12:50 PM ET
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(Repost from earlier thread): Looking at an experimental NCEP Radar Simulation Model which, to me, has proven surprisingly accurate in the past, suggests that the line of strong to severe thunderstorms is likely to push through the immediate DC metro area between 4 and 5pm this afternoon.

Posted by: Josh, Capital Weather Gang | June 4, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

That radar loop is a few hours old on the home page - having the same issue with NWS site - may be on my end, though...there is a Tornado Warning in Tucker Co., WV right now with a large bow echo heading due east at 50 MPH thru the mountains now. If this holds together then the Shen.Valley and LoCo could be under the gun with a line that has a tornadic history in a few short hours.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | June 4, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Check out the NEXRAD link on Their information is up to date and the radar "screen" is uncluttered by default. There is a serious bow echo heading for western VA and Washington county, MD.

Posted by: Steve Wasko | June 4, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Switched to a different (up to date) radar now

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | June 4, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Straight line winds a-coming...take down that umbrella on your patio furniture.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | June 4, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It's a tornado warning now in Jefferson County. Strong rotation in t-storm near Inwood, W.Va. Moving E at 67 mph.

Posted by: tinkerbelle | June 4, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Tinkerbell, run for the chocolate!

Posted by: Murre | June 4, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I just updated the radar pic, and I swear I see a hook south of Martinsburg...

Posted by: ~sg | June 4, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Auntie Em? Auntie Em?

Posted by: B-rod | June 4, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Tornado warning for us?

Posted by: Ashburn | June 4, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Torrential rain, dark as night on Loudoun Co Parkway and the Greenway.

Posted by: Ashburn | June 4, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I saw that hook too.

BTW there's another blog entry off the main page. See you there!

Posted by: Murre | June 4, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

This s**t is moving incredibly fast towards The District. Batten down the hatches!

Posted by: Jamie C in Chevy Chase DC | June 4, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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