A Few Severe Storms Possible Mostly North of DC
* Sunny Skies for Early Next Week: Full Forecast *
The cool air mass that had us socked in with low clouds, drizzle and fog for much of yesterday and into this morning, has finally eroded as a warm front has lifted northward. Temperatures have jumped 20 degrees in just a few hours from the District and to the south. Meanwhile, a cold front over West Virginia is heading east, with a line of intense thunderstorms developing ahead of it. These storms will advance to the north and east between 3 and 8 p.m., impacting areas mainly northwest, north, and then northeast of the District (50-60% chance--highest chances north of Montgomery County). South of the District, there's just about a 30% chance of storms.
The Storm Prediction Center issued a Special Statement noting the threat of severe storms, mostly for the northern suburbs:
IT APPEARS DEVELOPING CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS OVER HARDY/HAMPSHIRE/MORGAN COUNTIES WILL GRADUALLY INTENSIFY AS ACTIVITY INTERACTS WITH WARM FRONT ALONG THE PA/MD BORDER. WITH STEEPENING LAPSE RATES SOUTH OF THE WARM FRONT THIS SHOULD ENHANCE HAIL PRODUCTION WITH STRONGER UPDRAFTS.
In addition to the hail threat, any storms that develop may produce some damaging winds. Monitor the progress of these storms with our Severe Weather Tracking Station below.
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