From the ABC 7 Weather team

Another threat for severe weather in the D.C. area tomorrow

May 2, 2011 - 04:20 PM
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A cold front will move into the area Tuesday, bringing with it a chance for severe weather. Here's what you can expect.

With the April 27-28 Tornado Outbreak still fresh in everyone's mind, you must remember that we are still in the peak of severe weather season, and typically May is climatologically more favorable for tornadoes than April.

With that being said, our area has another chance for severe weather tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night. Large hail and damaging wind gusts appear like they will be the primary threat, but an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.

The cold front should begin to move into the western portion of the viewing area by 8 or 9pm tomorrow, and showers and thunderstorms should begin to develop in the late afternoon (4 or 5pm) in the Blue Ridge and east. A few of those storms may be severe with large hail and damaging winds. The best shear by looking at BUFKIT soundings should be around 8 or 9pm tomorrow, so that looks like it would be the best timing for severe storms in the D.C. Metro area.

BUFKIT Forecast Sounding 9pm Tuesday
Showers are expected to linger into Wednesday morning, ending after the commute. Rainfall amounts may reach around an inch by the time the rain completely comes to an end, so ponding of water may be possible on the local roadways. Be sure to take it slow when you head out to work. The remainder of Wednesday will be mostly cloudy and cool with temperatures only in the lower 60s.
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