Timing Today’s Thunderstorms

Thunderstorm viewed from the Tidal Basin in Washington, photo credit Forest Wander

Periods of heavy rain with embedded thunder showers will impact the DC Area through the evening hours as a warm front lifts northward out of central Virginia during the early afternoon hours followed by a cold front passage during the afternoon rush hour.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed southern Maryland and north-central Virginia under a slight risk for Severe Thunderstorms today. This may be further modified northward depending upon how far north the warm front travels. 

Latest HRRR model showing the “Futurecast Radar”: 8AM – 10PM

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Timing the Potential for Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Friday Afternoon

A warm front will slide northward out of central Virginia on Friday placing a portion of the DC region in the unstable “warm sector”.  Just how far north the front is able to make it will determine how many of us will be under the gun for some strong thunderstorms.  Thunderstorms could contain hail and damaging wind gusts.

Thunderstorm over the skies of Washington, photo credit Amjeev

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“Parade of Nor’easters” Should Provide DC Area Drought Relief

Latest GFS (image below courtesy TropicalTidbits), European and Ensembles feature an unsettled pattern shaping up as we kick off early April

Today will be perfect with sunshine, mid 60s for highs and a breeze from the northwest.  Thursday will be a cooler with highs likely holding in the 50s as clouds increase ahead of our next storm system that will impact our area Thursday night through Friday with soaking rainfall.

After a beautiful weekend, the next storm system is forecast to become yet another Nor’easter on Tuesday bringing another chance of beneficial drought relief.

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