Rain still in the forecast, but chance for severe weather lessened

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The threat of severe weather for the D.C. area has minimized Tuesday, but light to moderate rain is still in the forecast, with another, possibly heavier round of rain happening in the evening to the overnight hours.

The threat of severe weather for the D.C. area has minimized Tuesday, but light to moderate rain is still in the forecast, with another, possibly heavier round of rain happening in the evening to the overnight hours.

Earlier in the day, the threat of severe weather seemed possible, but by 12:40 p.m., Storm Team 4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said, “We thought we’d have a good chance of severe weather today, but that was if we had sunshine this morning, and none of us saw sunshine. We saw rain and we saw clouds, and that has helped stabilize the atmosphere.”

It’ll be dry in the late afternoon into the evening, Ricketts said, but some scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in parts of the area.

“The best chance to see severe weather today will be those areas that receive sunshine, which looks to be possibly south and east of D.C. around the Northern Neck area,” Ricketts said.



Overnight rain is still possible; scattered showers and thunderstorms could happen after about 7 p.m., and some of those could be strong, especially if some sunshine breaks through, Ricketts said. But, since the sun sets just after 8 p.m., there likely won’t be time to destabilize the atmosphere.

A group of storms over the Ohio Valley crosses the Appalachians and brings rain to the D.C. area, ushering in what Storm Team 4 meteorologist Chuck Bell called an “active pattern” for the next several days.

The National Weather Service said confidence is highest for storm activity from central Virginia to southern Maryland. 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.

Showers remain in the forecast on Wednesday and Thursday, with a return to a drier pattern on Friday, just in time for the weekend.


Forecast

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.


Current conditions

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2019-08-13 17:03:45

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