From the ABC 7 Weather team

Today's severe weather and high winds

February 24, 2012 - 12:48 PM
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Check here for the latest coverage on the severe weather through the D.C. area and southeast.

5:23pm: Check out this awesome picture sent to me by Twitter User @tPFmariah9999 If you have any pictures please send them into our Weather App or Tweet them to me @alexliggitt

Beautiful picture of a rainbow in Fairfax, VA

4:34pm: Check out the position of the warm front earlier today just to the south which kept D.C. around 50 degrees while areas south of it reached 80 degrees!

4:04pm: Storm reports so far from the Storm Prediction Center.

Storm Reports through 4pm Friday

3:55pm: Storms are now beginning to exit the D.C. area with a few showers lingering across the region. Winds will be the next step but probably won't ramp up across the D.C. Metro until closer to 6pm. So far, the highest wind gusts are being seen in the mountains of West Virginia up around 35mph.

3:34pm: The Tornado Watch has been cancelled everywhere west of Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties.

3:30pm: 3/4 inch hail reported in La Plata, MD in the latest storms. The real threat is through the Delmarva at this point as well as St. Mary's County where there has been some rotation in the storms currently moving through. Stay indoors the next few hours and be sure to send or tweet me any pictures you may have!

3:11pm: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been extended to 4pm this afternoon.

3:07pm: A severe line of storms has developed east of D.C. and will push into the Delmarva by 4 to 5pm. The highest threat west of the Bay is for Southern Calvert and St. Mary's Counties south to the Northern Neck and the Tidewater of Virginia. Gusty winds will be the primary threat in these storms but lots of lightning, heavy rain and small hail will also be possible.

2:50pm: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Charles, St. Mary's, Southern Prince Georges and Calvert are in this warning area. It is headed towards Upper Marlboro to Dunkirk to Prince Frederick.

2:38pm: Just realized it's 80 degrees in Richmond and 51 here at Reagan National Airport. That is one heck of a temperature gradient. As the warm front is still to the south and the storms are moving through, we think the D.C. area will stay in the 50s the rest of the day. So much for that forecast in the 70s. Also the forecast which stated no rain. Wow, not a great day to be me! This just shows how strong systems like this can change a forecast in 12 hours time!

2:27pm: Here is a look at the satellite imagery from 2-2:15ish over the D.C. area. Notice the clear skies to the south and east of town over Southern Maryland, the Northern Neck down through the Tidewater of Virginia. I think that area will have the highest chance of severe weather this afternoon. Temperatures are in the low to mid 70s in that region. You can also see clearing behind these storms moving into Loudoun and Southern Frederick Counties. Winds still won't pick up in intensity for another couple of hours.

Visible Satellite as of 2pm this afternoon

2:21pm: Severe threat over the next hour or two for Southern Maryland as a strong storm moves into Charles County as of 2:21pm. Damaging winds, heavy rain and some lightning will be possible in these storms.

2:07pm: Please send any pictures straight into our Weather App or to iwitness@wjla.com. Also, if you have any reports, please send them to my twitter page @alexliggitt

1:53pm: A heavy line of showers and isolated storms will move through the D.C. area over the next hour or two. This line will stretch south across the I-95 corridor. Be sure to check our Live Super Doppler for the latest and I'll let you know if any warnings if they are posted.

1:33pm: This hits a little close to home but just remember that it is not really severe weather season so people are not accustomed to being prepared for this so early. For instance, I just called my mother who is traveling through SC into NC (potentially the worst are for potential tornadoes) and she had no clue severe weather was even in the forecast. This is always a good time to give a call to your friends and family to give them a heads up and tell them to keep and eye to the sky.

1:28pm: Here is a large picture of how much of the east coast is under a Tornado Watch. Gives a good idea of just how potent is cold front is!

Tornado Watch (Yellow) for the east coast

1:25pm: A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8pm tonight for areas south and east of D.C.

Tornado Watch area until 8pm

12:56pm: A very strong cold front will push through the region today bringing gusty winds and the chance for a few thunderstorms as well. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK issues all of the Severe T-Storm and Tornado Watches and may place parts of the D.C. area under a Tornado Watch soon, which means conditions are favorable for possible tornadoes.

I do think this is a threat to parts of the area, particularly along the warm front south and east of town from Stafford through Southern Maryland and points south and east. The D.C. Metro and areas to the north do not have nearly the same threat as they have been socked under the clouds and temperatures are much cooler therefore limiting the instability.

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