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
Here is my preliminary strong to severe thunderstorm threat map for Friday afternoon & evening:
Here is a look at the latest high-resolution North American Model (courtesy Tropical Tidbits):
– Future cast radar showing a squall line possibly containing damaging wind gusts and hail rolling through the DC Metropolitan Region between 4PM and 8PM.
Watching the progression of the warm front
– Just how far north the warm front travels across our area will be key to where the strongest thunderstorms threaten. Latest NAM model shows the immediate DC Area points south, east of the Blue Ridge as being the prime area to watch for the risk of damaging winds and hail.
Storm Prediction Center currently places us only in a “marginal risk” but once again if the warm front actually travels through our region, I would not be surprised to see a slight risk placed across portions of Virginia, D.C., and Maryland.
Thunderstorms would provide rainfall totals between a half and one inch, with some locations possibly picking up a bit more (1.25″).
Have a great Thursday!