From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Severe Storms Possible Tuesday

September 17, 2012 - 04:00 PM
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Clouds are on the increase ahead of a strong frontal system. Severe storms are possible tomorrow.

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Showers Possible

Lows: 60s | Wind: S 6-12 m.p.h.

Tuesday: Storms Likely, Possibly Severe

Highs: Around 80 | Wind: S 15-25 m.p.h.

Wednesday: Partly Cloudy, Cooler

Highs: Low 70s | Wind: NW 5-10 m.p.h.

Our string of sunny days has come to an end. In its place…a strong storm system and cold front. Skies will remain cloudy for the next 36 hours as these systems strengthen and move towards the region. Abundant moisture will be drawn northward into our area through the day tomorrow and the potential exists for rainfall to range between 1 and 2 inches. Right now, it appears even heavier rain will fall along and west of the Blue Ridge as the storm and front get closer.

Winds will increase steadily through the day to 15 to 25 mph with gusts reaching 32 mph or higher. Winds just a few thousand feet above the ground will be blowing in excess of 60 mph. And heavy rain or severe thunderstorms could bring those stronger winds to the ground. Additionally, atmospheric conditions suggest some rotation may develop as well, setting the stage for an isolated tornado or two. It will be an active weather day with numerous watches and warnings likely to be issued. Skies will clear during the day Wednesday and Thursday and Friday look great.

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