The D.C. Metro area has an enhanced risk for severe storms Monday.
WASHINGTON — Strong to severe storms are possible Monday afternoon across the D.C. Metro area as a cold front comes through the region. The Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of our region under an “Enhanced Risk” for severe storms.
*Severe storms are likely in the D.C. Metro area Monday
*Key timing 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
*Threats: heavy rain, damaging wind, tornadoes, hail
*Impacts: power outages, downed trees, reduced visibility, localized flooding
Threats include: damaging wind, hail, and possible isolated tornado. Damaging wind is the primary risk during Monday’s storms. Storms may produce gusts of PTO 58 miles per hour or stronger.
The key timing for severe weather is 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. It will not storm that entire time in your neighborhood, but rather it is the window for the most active weather.
The morning commute will likely not see a lot of active weather. There could be a few light showers, but no severe weather at that time. The stronger storms will be moving through during the hours of the evening commute.
A cold front will approach the area and tap into some warm air, which will help set the stage for severe storms.
Impacts include multiple downed trees, power outages, objects blown around, reduced visibility, wet roads, and slick driving conditions. With heavy rain, there could also be some localized flooding.
- Monday: 5 a.m. – 11 a.m. – A few clouds with mostly dry conditions. A spotty shower is possible.
- Monday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – A few light showers are possible.
Monday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Strong to severe storms possible. Heavy rain likely in these storms. Storms may pack strong winds, hail and a tornado is possible.
- Monday: After 6 p.m. – Showers and storms move east. Storms gradually end.
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HOW TO STAY SAFE DURING A STORM
Do not stand under a tree during a storm. Trees attract lightning. You are safer inside your house or a building. If you get a tornado warning in your area, you should take action. Get to the most interior part of your home, away from windows.
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