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Posted at 3:07 PM ET, 03/29/2009

A Few Severe Storms Possible Mostly North of DC

By Jason Samenow

* 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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Comment with any storm reports from where you live...

By Jason Samenow  | March 29, 2009; 3:07 PM ET
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East of Front Royal, a brief downpour mixed with some small hail just passed through. The sun is out again. Now, it's cloudy again.

53.8F

Posted by: spgass1 | March 29, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Update: Observing lower level clouds moving southeast underneath higher clouds moving north. Hearing thunder. 53.2F partly sunny.

Location: Blue Ridge Mtns east of Front Royal.

Posted by: spgass1 | March 29, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

We had a short downpour with some lightning and wind here in Sterling. First thunderstorm of the spring!

Posted by: Sterlingva | March 29, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I was outside without my jacket in DC. Around 5 pm it suddenly became very cold and windy. I had to go in.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 29, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Unless any rain falls at National, the old record for driest February-March will hold by only 0.03".

Posted by: CapitalClimate | March 29, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

We got about 5 minutes of a quick, strong rain here in Brookeville, MD. It was pretty sunny, I'd say "Times with sun and clouds". It started out cloudy, some light drizzle, then became mostly sunny around noon, until about 3 when clouds started filtering in, then at 4 it rained a bit, then cleared slowly, and it's partly cloudy now.

Why are the clouds still moving from the south if it's a cold front?

Posted by: bastings | March 29, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Pretty afternoon today in D.C. I went for a walk before the colder air started filtering in and it was very pleasant! If only spring could last forever... now for some more storms in the next few weeks.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 29, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I must have drove through every single rain squall that swept through the area these past 3 days.

Posted by: Havoc737 | March 29, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

We had a spring party at my alexandria va house, daffodills in full bloom, warm and sticky with open windows till 4pm( House 80 degrees) then a clap of thunder, a little wind, and natures air conditioning.

What a nice day!

Posted by: pvogel88 | March 29, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Mainly a few raindrops here. Plenty of wind around 5/6 PM. No thunder.

Rain outlook: Up to half an inch Wednesday followed by another storm late Thursday/Friday. Next weekend looks calm.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 30, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

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