From the ABC 7 Weather team

Tornado Watch has been cancelled for the D.C. Metro

February 21, 2014 - 11:04 AM
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A line of showers and storms will push through the D.C. Metro over the next few hours. Damaging winds are the primary threat in these storms.

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1:16pm: Damage has been reported near Leonardtown, MD. If you happen to see any damage, please send us a picture to our Facebook page, twitter accounts or to iwitness@wjla.com and we will forward them along to the National Weather Service office.

1:15pm: Sorry it's been a while but we had to break in on-air with the Tornado Warning! The severe threat has mainly passed the region and the Tornado Watch has been dropped for the majority of the D.C. area. A few heavy showers are still moving through the D.C. Metro but will move east quickly out of our region.

12:20pm: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings continue for Calvert and St. Mary's Counties until 1:15pm along a line moving to the northeast at 65mph.

Hail to the size of quarters and winds to 60mph or higher are possible in this line.

12:08pm: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Anne Arundel County and points north into Baltimore until 1pm. A strong line of storms is producing wind gusts possibly up to 60 mph.

12:06pm:

12:00pm: A big area to watch is the Northern Neck of Virginia into southern St. Mary's County in MD anywhere from California, MD and points south to Point Lookout. I'm surprised there isn't a Severe Thunderstorm Warning on this cell as very strong damaging winds may be accompanying this line.

11:49am: Current look at the storms moving into the D.C. Metro. A nice line has formed, it will be interesting to watch how the winds are behaving once it moves through Rosslyn in the next few minutes. I'll keep you posted!

11:39am: Here's the latest look at the Doppler radar. Right now there doesn't appear to be any severe storms in the area, but pockets of heavy rain exist just west of D.C. moving through Fairfax, VA and southern Montgomery County, MD. Another strong cell is moving through Carroll and northwestern Howard Counties.

Doppler Radar as of 11:39am

11:27am: The Storm Prediction Center also agrees that the best instability is over southeastern Virginia, northeastern North Carolina and the Delmarva Peninsula. That will be the highest threat for tornadoes this afternoon.

Storm Prediction Center Tornado Watch in red and threats

The strong cold front continues to push east towards the D.C. Metro and will move through during the afternoon. A Tornado Watch has been issued for the region until 5pm.

Tornado Watch in Yellow

Damaging winds in excess of 75 mph are possible in the strongest storms and an isolated tornado isn't out of the question given the strong wind field aloft. The best chance for strong storms will be south and east of D.C. given the instability levels are highest in those locations with temperatures soaring into the 60s ahead of the front.

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