From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Strong to severe thunderstorms tonight after the warmth

January 30, 2013 - 03:00 PM
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Say goodbye to Spring, but not before we get some Spring-like thunderstorms

This Afternoon: Mild, Muggy, & Breezy

Temperatures: 60s-70s | Wind: S 15 - 25 mph

This Evening: Thunderstorms/Heavy Rain

Temperatures: 60s and dropping after midnight | Precipitation: 0.75" - 1.50"

Thursday: Windy and Much Cooler

Highs: 40s | Wind Chill: Feeling like 30s

*The record high for today is 77 degrees set in 2002*

WIND ADVISORY is in effect from noon today until 6 AM Thursday for winds up for the following:

VA: Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren, Nelson, Albemarle, Greene, Madison, Rappahannock

WV: Highland, Hampshire, Hardy, Grand, W. Mineral, Pendelton

MD: Western Allegany,

One of the hi-res simulations shows strong southerly winds at 11PM as the cold front approaches.  Winds later this afternoon and evening will diminish a bit before the cold front sweeps through around midnight




--Winds south at 30 - 35 mph with gusts up to around 50 mph expected.

A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect from 3PM today until late tonight for the following:

-District of Columbia

-MD: Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick (MD), Harford, Washington, Allegany, Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore & Prince Georges

-VA: Frederick (VA), Augusta, Clarke, Fairfax, Loudoun, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren, Fairfax

-WV: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Highland, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, Pendleton



A line of heavy rain and thunderstorms will push across the region late afternoon to late evening, moving from west to east. Total rainfall of 1.00" -1.50" is possible. This rain will fall in a very short period which could cause flash flooding.


Temperatures soar into the upper 60s/lower 70s today for daytime highs ahead of a frontal system that will pass through the area later on tonight. Rain moving from west to east will be on our doorstep by this evening bringing some pretty strong thunderstorms, heavy rain and maybe even a chance of severe activity with it. Once the frontal system passes through, temperatures will begin to drop. Thursday daytime highs will probably hit after midnight before temperatures drop through the day into the 40s. Very breezy conditions on Thursday so it will feel like it is in the 30s through the afternoon. Plenty of sunshine though! Friday morning could bring some light snow showers/flurries to the area. Clearing up through the day, the winds will keep on Friday, slightly lighter than Thursday but it will still be enough to bring wind chills down to feel like the 20s Friday. Overnight lows drop to around 20 degrees. The weekend temperatures move back into the upper 30s/lower 40s. Another chance of light snow showers on Saturday night and Tuesday.

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