From the ABC 7 Weather team

Nice today, then storms tomorrow. Tracking Irene as well!

August 24, 2011 - 12:46 PM
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It has been a beautiful run of weather so far this week but storms are back in the forecast for Thursday.

Wednesday: Mostly Sunny; Seasonably Pleasant

Highs: Mid 80s | Wind: S 8-14

Overnight: Partly Cloudy; Not As Cool

Lows: Around 70 | Wind: S 5-10

Thursday: Partly To Mostly Cloudy & Humid; Scattered PM

Highs: Near 90 | Wind: SSW 5-10+

One more nice day on tap today featuring mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 80’s. It may be slightly more humid this afternoon as well with southerly winds pumping in added moisture. High pressure will give way to an approaching cold front that will push into and through the region later in the day Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms will expected to develop along and ahead of this boundary and some storms could become severe with the main threats being damaging winds, heavy rain, and perhaps some hail. Friday will be a transition day with the front weakening and then stalling near or just south and east of the city. A few lingering showers may be possible early Friday across southern Maryland and the Northern Neck but most activity will be ending.

Weather guidance and the official track of Hurricane Irene continues to shift to the east with every forecast model run. This good news because it places our region on the western side, the weaker side, of this storm. Given the forecast uncertainty this far in advance and the fact that a large portion of the region is under the forecast path of uncertainty everyone should be paying close attention to the storm and further updates. At this point area beaches can expect dangerous riptides and rough surf over the weekend. The impacts on our local weather from this storm will vary greatly depending on the exact track of the storm. Right now scattered showers and storms remain in the forecast for Saturday along with increasingly breezy winds. Sunday would be when the worst weather could potentially arrive featuring occasional rain and windy conditions. Again, the exact details and forecast will likely change on a daily basis as the exact track of the storm is refined so stay tuned for updates.

~ Have a good day!

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