From the ABC 7 Weather team

Severe weather possible this evening; more storms through Friday

May 18, 2011 - 06:10 PM
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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues until 9 p.m., bringing the potential for severe storms with large hail and possibly an isolated tornado.

Overnight: Mostly Cloudy, Storms and Heavy Rain Diminishing

Lows: 58-62 | Wind: SE 4-8 m.p.h.

Thursday: Mostly Cloudy 70& Chance Showers and T-Storms again

Highs: 72-77 | Wind: SW 4-8 m.p.h.

Friday: Partly Sunny only 30% Chance Storms

Highs: 75-80 | Wind: NW 5-10 m.p.h.

Severe showers and thunderstorms have brought a number of warnings and a few reports of 1 inch hail. The area of low pressure continues to spin overhead. Appearing like a tropical system from the satellites above, it has allowed for plenty of tropical moisture to enter the region. The rain bands do have a tropical banding feature which is the reason for the training and local heavy rain while D.C. has had only 0.16 inches of rain.

Showers and storms will linger through the overnight hours, with lows falling into the 50s and 60s. Showers and storms will continue to be possible through the day tomorrow. Highs should be a touch warmer in the low to mid 70s. Friday will bring a decreased chance for storms (around 30 percent) with the best chance in the afternoon as this low finally moves northwest of town.

The weekend ahead will be warmer around the 80 degree and welcome sunshine back.

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