Scattered Severe Thunderstorms Possible Friday Afternoon

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed parts of the D.C. Metropolitan Area under a “Slight Risk” for Severe Thunderstorms on Friday afternoon.

The main threat from the thunderstorms will be damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and hail although the risk of an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out as wind shear in the atmosphere will be increasing during the day on Friday.

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Severe Thunderstorms Possible Thursday, Torrential Rain & Flooding Possible Friday

The image below shows radar estimates of the amount of rain that has fallen across the Washington Region during the past seven days.

An area of low pressure will approach the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday afternoon, passing through the DC Area on Friday increasing the risk of strong to severe thunderstorms and very heavy rainfall.

The image below is of the latest Global Ensemble Forecast System model, showing decent agreement that a surface low pressure system will track out of the Ohio Valley Thursday night and pass very near or right across the DC Region on Friday into Saturday morning. 

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