Say bye to fair weather: Rain is in the forecast on Tuesday afternoon, with a potential for strong thunderstorms in the D.C. region to impact the evening commute.
Say goodbye to fair weather: Rain is in the forecast for Tuesday afternoon, with a potential for strong thunderstorms in the D.C. region to impact the evening commute.
A group of storms over the Ohio Valley will cross the Appalachians and bring rain to our area this afternoon and evening, ushering in what NBC Washington meteorologist Chuck Bell calls an “active pattern” for the next several days.
The National Weather Service said up to an inch of rain is possible by Wednesday morning, with a chance for damaging winds, hail and even an isolated tornado in stronger storms.
There is some uncertainty on where storms will form and how numerous they will be, but Bell believes the odds of severe weather are high enough for commuters to pay close attention to the forecast.
“This cluster has a history of producing severe weather, so our chances of seeing damaging winds or large hail are quite a bit higher than average on a hot, humid summer day,” Bell said.
“The one thing that ‘might’ help us out is some extra cloud cover during the morning — the longer these clouds can hang around, the cooler our afternoon will be and the more stable our atmosphere will remain.”
After a separate round of morning showers, Tuesday afternoon’s storms will move in from the west around midafternoon to early evening.
The NWS said confidence is highest for storm activity from central Virginia to southern Maryland, including Washington, where bouts of sunshine are the most likely to stir up the atmosphere.
The biggest threat from these storms will be powerful winds and large hail, with Virginia areas along Interstate 95 south of Stafford under the most significant risk.
Isolated flash flooding is also a possibility in the WTOP listening area.
Showers remain in the forecast on Wednesday and Thursday, with a return to a drier pattern on Friday, just in time for the weekend.
Tuesday: Becoming cloudy, hot and humid. A risk for strong thunderstorms from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Highs in the upper 80s.
Tuesday night: Showers, warm and humid. Lows in the mid-60s to mid-70s.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers likely. A few thunderstorms possible. Highs in the mid- to upper 80s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms possible. Highs in the low to mid-80s.
Friday: Partly to mostly sunny, a bit less humid. Dry for most. Highs in the mid- to upper 80s.
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