From the ABC 7 Weather team

Moderate risk of severe storms across the region later today

June 1, 2012 - 09:32 AM
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Numerous showers and storms are expected this afternoon into the overnight with a slight risk of severe storms.

Friday:Variable Cloudiness; Showers & Storms Developing, Worst Between 4- 11PM; Some Severe; (Straight line winds, flash flooding, Isolated Tornadoes, and Hail Possible

Highs: Low - Mid 80s | Wind: SE 10-20 (With Higher Gusts)

Overnight: Showers & Thunderstorms Diminishing After Midnight

Lows: Near 60 | Wind: SE 10-15

Saturday: Partly Sunny; Cooler, Less Humid & Breezy

Highs: Mid 70s | Wind: W 5-10

A complex and potentially dangerous weather system will impact the region today into the overnight. Clouds and spotty showers/sprinkles this morning will give way to some sunshine before more potent showers and storms develop this afternoon. The weather window when we could see strong to severe storms will be between 4PM - 11PM. The Storm Prediction Center upgraded the region to a MODERATE risk of severe storms with the main threats, in order of likelihood, being straight line winds, flash flooding, isolated tornadoes and hail.

Showers and storms will diminish after midnight as the cold front clears the region.

Much cooler and less humid air will settle into place over the weekend with highs in the mid-70s Saturday and Upper 70s Sunday. Winds will be breezy Saturday and a there is a slight chance of an isolated shower/sprinkle, especially north and west, Sunday. Monday looks quiet and seasonable featuring partly cloudy skies and highs around 80 degrees. 

Stay tuned to WTOP radio, News Channel 8 and ABC7 for the latest information as we continue to monitor this potentially dangerous event.

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