A strong cold front will have a dramatic effect on our weather later tonight.
Today: Breezy and very warm with some sunshine
Wind: S 15-20 mph
Tonight: Becoming windy with heavy rain and possible heavy thunderstorms
Wind: WSW 15-25+ mph
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, breezy and colder
Wind: WNW 15-25+ mph
The area woke up to temperatures in the 50s and 60s, early Wednesday, and that should give you a clue about today's forecast.
Although we will not reach the record high of 77 degrees in Washington, temperatures will be at least 25 degrees above average in many areas.
Southerly winds will slowly increase as a powerful cold front advances eastward towards our region. This cold front has a history of producing severe weather.
It did again last night, is producing severe weather now and may produce severe thunderstorms over parts of our area later tonight. The greatest threats will be very heavy rain and possibly damaging winds.
Right now, we are focusing on an 8 p.m.-midnight time frame for the greatest impacts on our area.
Colder air will start moving into the region Thursday and even more so on Friday. There is a chance we could see some light snow early on Friday morning and again on Sunday morning.
Even though it will turn noticeably colder, this next push of cold air will not be nearly as cold as the outbreak last week. In fact, temperatures will start warming again by Monday.