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Timing strong storms Thursday in the DMV

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A Weather Watch Alert has been issued Thursday for thunderstorms, strong wind and even a brief tornado.

WASHINGTON — Keep an umbrella handy for Thursday. The WUSA9 Weather Watch team is monitoring a storm system that will bring rain, wind and even a few strong thunderstorms, especially later in the afternoon and evening. 

There is a small risk for severe storms with damaging wind being the primary threat. On a scale of 1 to 5, this is a level 1 threat.


There is also a low risk for an isolated tornado. The higher risk remains well to our west through the Ohio River Valley. If any rotating storms were to develop across the DMV, they would be later in the evening between 6 p.m. and midnight.


Winds associated with the storms could still be strong enough to snap a few weak trees and limbs.  Gusty winds may also cause some isolated power outages. The rain and wind will also likely lead to altered outdoor plans.

Key Points:

  • Critical timing for isolated storms with potential damaging winds Thursday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Winds will gust in excess of 58 mph in strong to severe storms.
  • Brief heavy downpours are possible through the Thursday afternoon and evening commute.


Timeline:

Thursday 6 a.m.

On-and-off light showers and sprinkles will continue to impact the DMV through the Thursday morning commute with some wet roadways possible.


Thursday Noon

On-and-off light showers and sprinkles will also stick around through lunchtime. However, the potentially heavier rain with embedded thunderstorms will approach into the afternoon.


Thursday 6 p.m.

The worst weather will move through the immediate DC Metro during the afternoon commute and into the evening. It’s during this time there may be damaging winds, brief downpours, and perhaps even a spin-up tornado, especially for DC and points south and east.


Friday morning

Most of the worst weather should be gone by midnight Thursday night, but some showers will last all the way through Friday morning’s rush, eventually tapering off during the afternoon.


By the time heaviest rain tapers, about a quarter to half an inch will have fallen in most places.


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2024-04-11 03:33:37

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