Don't be fooled by the cool, cloudy start today. A big change is coming. A potent cold front that has a history of producing severe weather in the Midwest and Ohio Valley will arrive in D.C. Metro later today. Be prepared for severe weather. The most likely threat will be damaging winds.
- Severe Storm Impact
Hail around 1" in diameter is also possible in isolated storms along with heavy downpours. The threat of tornadoes is low. The farther south you live, the greater your chances that storms will be strong.
- Severe Storm Risk Area
Any severe weather in D.C. would be isolated and short-lived. Southern Maryland and Central Virginia has a 15% chance that a severe storm will come withing 25 miles of their home. The line of showers and thunderstorms should reach the I-81 corridor just after lunch time.
By mid afternoon, it reaches the metro.
By the late rush, it exits east of I-95 and then skies will clear out tonight. This good news is that the severe threat is on the lower end of the scale today. This same storm spawned a deadly tornado in Illinois last evening. Amazing video on You Tube you can watch here. For us, be prepared to seek shelter indoors this afternoon. Remember lightning can be deadly. Keep a close eye on conditions when the kids get home from the Bus Stop today. The Stormwatch7 app here will help you stay informed with live radar updates and severe weather alerts on your phone. In addition, Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill will break into programming if necessary today if there are any warnings. He starts team coverage with Steve Rudin starting at 4p on ABC7 News. Hang in there for the weekend! It will be perfect with breezy conditions on Saturday. But sunshine and upper 60s to around 70 can be expected both days. Perfect for Cherry Blossom peak blooms! Share your photos with me this weekend and early next week and I'll put them on the air during Good Morning, Washington! Post them on my Facebook page here or on Twitter @JacquiJeras