PM Update: Warmth to Showers, Then Strong Winds
Extremely windy Thursday, gusts over 50 mph likely
Today has proven to be the warmest day of the year so far in most locations across the area. Highs reached the low 70s downtown and many other places on a gusty wind from the south and southwest. Dulles Airport surpassed its previous record high for the day of 67 set in 1999 (National's record was 76). A line of intense showers and storms, approaching West Virginia as of late afternoon, will rapidly move east toward the area while weakening.
Tonight: Most locations should remain dry, windy and warm -- temperatures dropping through the 60s -- through mid-evening. Between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m., however, showers with some very gusty winds (maybe a thunderstorm too) are likely to pass through the area from west to east. Wind gusts around 35-50 mph are possible through the night.
Tomorrow (Thursday): We'll see lots of sun and lots of wind on Thursday. After a start in the upper 40s to near 50, most locations will rise to the mid-to-upper 50s for highs. The big story will be whipping -- and in some cases damaging -- winds. Expect sustained winds to blow around 25 to 35 mph from the west, with gusts over 50 mph likely.
See Dan Stillman's forecast through the holiday weekend.
Oklahoma Tornadoes: The same system responsible for bringing us our taste of spring today caused a deadly tornado outbreak across portions of the Plains yesterday. The tornadoes are blamed for at least 8 deaths and 43 injuries so far, and one tornado ripped through Oklahoma City causing some damage.
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