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Posted at 6:45 PM ET, 06/ 3/2010

Showers and thunderstorms quieting down

By Ian Livingston

A few more through evening? More heat tomorrow

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6:45 p.m.: A line of showers and thunderstorms, some strong to severe, is exiting the D.C. area to the east. The immediate metro area largely avoided the large hail and damaging winds that were a threat, though some trees were reported blown down in Loudoun County. For now, things are quiet behind the earlier line, though a few more showers and storms could still pop up through evening. We'll keep an eye on things. (see previous updates)

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Through Tonight: Strong to severe thunderstorms, potentially containing damaging winds or large hail, move off to the east by mid-evening. Following the storms, we'll see a small risk of additional showers, though mostly just partly cloudy skies and muggy conditions lasting through the night. Lows reach the upper 60s and low 70s.

Tomorrow (Friday): The cold front partially responsible for today's thunderstorms decides to camp out to our north, so there should be no break in the heat or humidity, and it actually may be a bit warmer tomorrow in some spots. Partly to mostly sunny skies help temperatures rise into the mid-80s around lunchtime before they top out near 90 and into the low 90s during the afternoon. With heat and sunshine we can't rule out an isolated storm or two late in the day, likely much less widespread than today.

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Previous Updates

5:40 p.m.: A line of strong to severe thunderstorms moving west to east through the area, and which earlier knocked down some trees in Loudoun County, is now mainly east of I-95 and heading toward the Chesapeake Bay. Weaker showers and thundershowers extend back to the west, still encompassing much of the metro area. For now, things are quiet in terms of any severe weather (large hail, damaging winds) west of I-95, though some more showers and storms could still pop up through evening. We'll keep an eye on things. (see previous updates)

4:50 p.m.: A line of showers and thunderstorms continues to move through the area. There are two main areas of stronger to severe activity. One is to the south of D.C., passing mainly from the southern branch of the Beltway toward points south. And the other is pretty far north of the District, clipping northern Montgomery County and points north. But localized severe weather is still possible across the entire region. This line of storms is moving quickly and may mostly exit east of the metro area by around 7 p.m.

4:25 p.m.: A line of strong to occasionally severe thunderstorms continues to move through the area, and storms are now knocking on the door of D.C. In addition, a few isolated cells have popped up in front of the main line. The strongest activity looks to target the southern half of the area, but localized severe weather is still possible across the entire region. Storms are moving a bit faster now and may mostly exit to the east around 7 p.m.

3:30 p.m.: Thunderstorms are advancing into the area from the west and will slowly progress east through the rest of the afternoon, likely reaching the immediate D.C. metro during the commute. So far, most storms have remained below severe levels, but some should reach severe criteria. Thanks to lots of heat and humidity, following daytime highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s, these storms will have little problem sustaining or strengthening as they pass through .

By Ian Livingston  | June 3, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
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Manassas VA Hard rain with very dark skies here.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 3, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Darkening skies in Rosslyn and can hear thunder off to the south.

Posted by: marathoner | June 3, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

copious rain here in west end alexandria. second wave of rain. Temp down to 74

Posted by: pvogel88 | June 3, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Almost night sky dark, heavy rain and moderate wind in Seven Corners since 5:00 PM.

Posted by: greyK | June 3, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

It's raining steadily but not too hard in Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | June 3, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Just about all over here with blue skies to the west. Got about a quarter inch. Once again this week I luck out with the local precip & don't have to water all the flowerpots.
Thunder still really booming though, so don't go rushing out to the golf course for an evening game just yet.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Got 2/3 inch at Seven Corners...

Posted by: koggly | June 3, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I left Fort Belvoir about 4:30, and made the mistake of going down Rt 1 to get home. It took me almost 50 min to get from Rt 1 and Telegraph/Old Colchester down the road to Rt 1/Armistead Rd. In that time I was pelted with torrential rain, hail (up to marble size), and I'd say a good 25 mi/hr wind (min). Not fun. Worst storm I'd seen for a while.

Posted by: southbridgemom | June 3, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Seems like we can't get in any more than one or two days at a time without thunderstorms. The jet stream (and the Western Atlantic Bermuda High) seems to be allowing an almost constant flow of southerly moisture and high dew points. I'm afraid, however, that soon, the storm pattern is going to shift so far north that we won't get any more fronts at all for a while....and, of course, means heat AND drought.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | June 3, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Here, in Western Loudoun, all we got was a total of 0.08 in of rain!! Boy, do we need it. I read with envy all the surrounding areas that received some H2O!! I heard low thunder booms but not very loud. No winds, just a little, gentle "farmer's rain". Garden needs more rain!!! Are we going to get any out this way? Haven't had much : (

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | June 3, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

yep - about .08 in SE LoCo for me too...did the old DC split around me this time.

Posted by: DullesARC | June 4, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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