April 17, 2021

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Washington DC weather Spring thunderstorms Sunday

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WASHINGTON — Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible on Sunday, mainly in the afternoon. We are under a Yellow Weather Alert Sunday.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the D.C. region under the slight risk category for severe storms. The main hazard is damaging winds, with a very small chance of hail and a small tornado threat.

Sunday will be warmer periods of showers and thunderstorms. Some strong storms are possible afternoon. It will not rain all day and there will be a few dry hours to sneak in a walk or run. 

The first wave of rain and showers arrive early Sunday morning between 6 and 8 a.m. Rain will start across Virginia first, with some drizzle before dawn in metro Washington. Showers will then spread across into Maryland by midmorning. Expect showers off and on until 12 p.m. in our region. Some thunder is possible, but no severe weather is expected.

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Around midday, there will be dry periods. You can keep an eye on the radar for free from the WUSA 9 app.

In the afternoon, more showers and thunderstorms will flare up as a cold front moves across the region. Critical timing for strong to severe storms is 4 p.m. — 7 p.m. in metro Washington. Strong storms may fire up earlier west and northwest of the metro. Thunderstorms in this period may produce wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour. Additionally, a low-end tornado and hail threat is forecast. A couple of thunderstorms may spin up an isolated tornado during the afternoon.

Thunderstorms will mainly be east and southeast of metro Washington by 7 p.m. In Southern Maryland expect strong thunderstorms through 8 p.m.

Storms will end in most places by 8 p.m. Clearing to a colder and dry night across our region.

Total rain amounts will range from .25″ of rain to .75.” Isolated spots may see nearly an inch. Flood threats remain low for Sunday.

In addition to the thunderstorm threat, winds will become breezy on Sunday with gusts up to 35 mph and stronger. Expect gusty winds through Sunday night and blustery conditions into Monday.

Quiet weather returns for Monday, with sunshine and cooler 50s and 60s in the weather forecast.


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2021-03-28 00:31:19

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