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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 05/12/2010

PM Update: Storms rolling through area

By Ian Livingston

Temperature roller coaster continues tomorrow and Fri

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A warm front that briefly swung north of the area, allowing humidity to rise and highs to reach the upper 70s, has set the stage for showers and storms that are now moving through the area. While it looks like the worst of the activity wants to head mainly to our south, some strong storms are possible in the metro area through evening.

Through Tonight: Watch for an isolated thunderstorm or two through mid-afternoon. More widespread showers and storms, some strong, are likely from around 4-5 p.m. into the evening. The highest risk for severe storms is south of the area, where some damaging winds and large hail are possible. Much of the severe risk should end near sundown, but some showers and weaker storms may persist through the night. Lows fall to the low-and-mid 50s.

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Not a fan of today's steamy weather? Just wait until tomorrow. Both temperatures and humidity head back down thanks to mostly cloudy skies and the warm front drifting back into the area as a cold front. A few showers are possible, but nothing terribly widespread. Highs should rise to the mid-60s, perhaps a bit higher depending on the exact position of the front.

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By Ian Livingston  | May 12, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
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Posted by: CM_in_Fairfax | May 12, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Little but potent cell popping up right over upper NW DC. Mod/hvy rain in Cleveland Park with some thunder.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | May 12, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Some thunder on the Bethesda/NW DC border.

Posted by: JedinBethesda | May 12, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Nothing here in alexandria just yet

Posted by: pvogel88 | May 12, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Visibility on the Bethesda/NW DC border is very low, although it seems tobe just rain right now.

Posted by: JedinBethesda | May 12, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

jeez...if this were snow, i'd be EXTREMELY disappointed. on radar, looked like this giant green/orange/red blob was headed right for us....then...the orange/red parts just...well..."dryslotted" us!

is that it?!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 12, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Storms during the week and it looks like it will be dry on the weekend. Just the way I like it.

Posted by: B-Kraemer | May 12, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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