Tracking Potential Severe Weather Outbreak Thursday

The necessary ingredients are present on Thursday afternoon and evening for storms containing damaging winds, hail and even an isolated tornado or two.

Steepening lapse rates ahead of a strong cold front and a strengthening wind field will allow for storms to form into bowing segments containing wind damage as well as some hail. Hodographs suggest some veering wind direction with height so an isolated tornado is not out of the realm of possibilities within the thunderstorms on Thursday.  The latest forecast models suggest that the most likely timing for storms will be between 3PM and 10PM in the Washington DC Metro Area.