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Posted at 8:09 PM ET, 06/21/2008

Update: Scattered Thunderstorms Develop

By Jason Samenow

A few thunderstorms have formed in the region's southern suburbs. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued around 8:05 p.m. in Fauquier and Prince William counties until 8:45 p.m. These storms are drifting to the northeast at about 10 mph and will likely impact many parts of the metro area between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Storms may develop throughout the evening, with the main threat heavy rain (especially given the slow moving nature of the storms), gusty winds, and lightning.

Please comment with your storm reports. See my forecast from earlier for the outlook through Tuesday.

By Jason Samenow  | June 21, 2008; 8:09 PM ET
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The severe cell was nicely visible from here in NW DC before the outflow boundary temporarily caused some low clouds to move by.. got a few nice snaps of both. Looks like it might drift NE if it holds together.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | June 21, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Thunder & lightening moving into Merrifield from the west now. Ian, will you post those pics?

Posted by: ~sg | June 21, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Less than 10 minutes ago there was a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for part of Fairfax County, a storm centered 13 miles west of Burke was moving northeast @23 mph. Right now there is no indication that a warning ever existed on the NWS site. Lightning was visible a few minutes ago from the New York Avenue Metro platform.

Posted by: Murre | June 21, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Just got back to Springfield from Herndon via FFX Co Pkwy and saw the storm near Burke that Murre referred to - ominous black clouds and lots of visible lightning, no rain for any of the drive though.

Posted by: Mark | June 21, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Rain is now starting to fall in Merrifield. There was some gorgeous visible cloud to cloud lightening - not just lighting up the clouds from the inside, but streaks actually running along the bottom of the clouds.

Posted by: ~sg | June 21, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Murre -- Yep ... something was down with the NWS warning dissemination, which is also why our map wasn't displaying warnings. Great timing, huh? Looks like it has been fixed now.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | June 21, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

~sg & Mark, I wish I could have seen that. No rain, no thunder, here in Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | June 21, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Incredibly strong storm passed through Nokesville about 8:30 dropping dime-sized hail and bringing winds that made it sound and look like a hurricane.

We lost power (still out) and a tree.

Posted by: Nailed in Nokesville | June 21, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

At about 920pm we had a monster of a storm pass over northern Fairfax City. We had hail for 5-10 minutes, most small, 1/4-1/2" but there were a few big ones mixed in, at least 1" diameter. Lots of wind, no really large down bursts thankfully, and a torrential 10-15 minute downpour.

Posted by: JeffC | June 21, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances that the storms now hitting the Panhandle will hold together to bring us a late-night second round?

Posted by: ~sg | June 21, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

We also had hail (up to an inch) in Fairfax (22030) and had a tree go down in the back yard.

Posted by: HAD | June 21, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

~sg, aren't those storms heading mostly to the northeast? If that is the case then they shouldn't affect us.

Posted by: Murre | June 21, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

If these storms can get over the mountains (which I'm a little skeptical about), I imagine we'll get some moderate rain--if not a thunderstorm.

Posted by: mcleaNed | June 22, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Nice squall line now setting up at the eastern edge of the mountains. Looks like we'll get our thunderstorm after all.

Posted by: mcleaNed | June 22, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

There was an awesome outflow boundary on the Wunderground radar this evening around 8PM. I saved it to my computer, it was that cool looking.

There is a long north-south line of rain and storms moving across the mountains coming into the area. If this is the cold front moving through now, does it lower our chances for severe weather later on (Sunday)?

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | June 22, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey weatherdude, I was wondering where you were yesterday. To answer your question, no. There's a 50 percent chance of rain and storms this afternoon into this evening. There's a cold front to our west this morning.

Posted by: Murre | June 22, 2008 5:34 AM | Report abuse

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