Severe thunderstorms to hit DC region; parts of Md. under tornado watch

WASHINGTON — A mix of high temperatures and a cold front to the north of the region could bring damaging storms to the D.C. area.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for D.C. and parts of Maryland and Virginia until 11 p.m. as well as a tornado watch for parts of Maryland until 1 a.m. Sunday


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The tornado watch affects the following locations:

  • Baltimore County
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Howard County
  • Carroll County

The thunderstorm watch affects:

  • D.C.
  • Frederick County
  • Washington County
  • Montgomery County
  • Howard County
  • Prince George’s County
  • Loudoun County
  • Arlington County
  • Fairfax County

Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Somara Theodore said people living between the I-70 corridor and the Mason Dixon Line have the highest chances of severe weather,

Storms will likely hit that area the hardest between 5 p.m. and midnight, said Theodore. D.C. and surrounding suburbs could see a few isolated severe storms after 7 p.m.

The storms could bring damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and frequent lightning to the area; storms will progress southeast throughout the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s on Saturday, which could challenge the record high of 93 degrees set back in 1914.

“That heat, along with the cold front just to our north, will cook up the perfect stew for active/severe weather,” said Theodore.

The rain could continue Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, but there will be a huge temperature difference.

Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said temperatures north of a front will be cooler, around 60s and 70s, while areas south of it will be warmer, around 70s and possibly reaching the 90s.

WTOP’s Patrick Roth contributed to this report. 


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