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Posted at 3:45 PM ET, 11/15/2008

Alert: Tornado Watch Through Early Evening

By Dan Stillman

3:45 PM Update: The Tornado Watch is now cancelled for areas west of I-95, but remains in effect along and to the east of I-95.

From earlier... The National Weather Service has put the D.C. metro area under a Tornado Watch until 7 p.m. as a showery and potentially stormy afternoon takes shape:


While everyone should be on the look out, we think the best chance for severe weather is from along I-95 toward points east.

Monitor radar and severe warnings issued by the National Weather Service on our Severe Weather Tracking Sation below. Also, see our full forecast into next week, and our Weather Wall for the ultimate overview of current conditions.

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By Dan Stillman  | November 15, 2008; 3:45 PM ET
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Dark and windy at the moment in Sterling. In fact, starting a few seconds ago, I hear heavy rain. Scratch that, torrential rain and a rumble of thunder... a very sudden storm.

Posted by: Sterlingva | November 15, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow - getting dark and very windy in the Kingstowne/Hayfield area of SE Ffx Co, but the storms moving in over us appear to be weakening a bit on radar. Not so for Baltimore & BaltCo - looks like the cold front is about the layeth down the smack on them any minute...

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | November 15, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I might have posted too soon - wind has picked up dramatically in last two minutes, bending trees over a LOT and blowing flags straight upwards...

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | November 15, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Here in G-burg, a short sharp storm front just passed - sideways rain, ripping the last of the leaves off of the trees.

Posted by: MDScot | November 15, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

At 2:20 pm in Chantilly, off and on sunshine.

Posted by: bmschumacher | November 15, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Rain in DC all of a sudden. This is a good weather day! The difference in windspeed from almost nothing at 10 to throwing stuff around in my apartment at noon was impressive.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | November 15, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

CWG, is what we just experienced in G'burg, Chantilly and SE FfxCo the ACTUAL cold front that just went through? Do we need to be on the lookout for "round 2" in an hour or two? Just curious, as we have a couple potential outdoor activities to tend to by dinner time.

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | November 15, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Just got very dark in Silver Spring. The wind was also howling but seems to have settled down.

Posted by: epjd | November 15, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

VAstateofmind, this first line should be the main deal with few showers possible the remainder of the afternoon. A secondary front is entering WV, though we'll be losing any instability we had as temperatures begin cooling and we head toward sunset.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 15, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Radar is looking more impressive now with solid squall line pushing east of D.C. Watch out in Annapolis in the next half hour, storms will be in Baltimore in a few minutes. No warnings issued yet other than Special Marine Warnings along the Potomac. Gusty winds expected with these storms.

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | November 15, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the Tornado Watch has been dropped for the immediate metro area...

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | November 15, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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