PM Update: Strong storms sweep across the area through early evening

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4:20 p.m. – Storms most south of Ringway – warnings along the Interstate 95 corridor

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for many areas south of the ring road for the next 45 minutes as storms with heavy rain, relief and strong winds plow east. If your commute takes you on I-95 south of the beltway, you may want to delay an hour or so until these are over. Showers and storms are milder from the ring road and the points to the north, but short showers, gusts and lightning are still possible.

We will post additional updates as needed.

3:45 PM – Storm approaching Beltway – arriving around 4:00 PM

A long line of showers and storms is sweeping the metro region from the west, with activity near the Manassas to Oakton to Olney zone. This line should move within the ring road a little after 4pm and probably clear the east side of the ring road around 5pm – with 20 to 30 minutes of rain in most locations.

Except for a small segment of intense storms moving through Culpeper and heading south into Fauquier County, where a severe thunderstorm warning is in place (until 4:15 p.m.), these storms should be less than severe. Still, heavy showers, gusts of wind and lightning are possible.

Today was the hottest of this week-long heat wave. Temperatures making the mid-90s in the city felt more like 100 or higher for much of the afternoon. As a cold front moves this way from the west, a number of showers and thunderstorms have developed west of the area. They begin to move to the western suburbs as we sail through the afternoon. Even before arrival, storms already cause local travel problems. The Federal Aviation Administration has placed ground stops at Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport because of the storms.

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See you tonight: Scattered over numerous showers and storms pass through the area in the evening. This activity is ongoing in far western suburbs and is likely to reach the immediate area in the time frame of 4-5pm and head out into the bay at sunset. All storms in the first round of activity may be locally severe, with potentially damaging winds, in addition to heavy rainfall and dangerous lightning.

A few more showers or a storm could break out before midnight, but probably of less intensity. The sky clears up significantly near and after midnight. Lows range from the mid-1960s to about the 1970s. Winds are weak from the west, turning from the northwest over time.

look at the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Lots of sun, decreasing humidity and a nice breeze from the northwest. Sounds good! High temperatures are in the mid 80’s in most places, possibly in the upper 80’s downtown. Winds blow around 10 mph, with gusts around 20 mph.

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Pollen update: Fungal spores, weed pollen and grass pollen are all low/moderate.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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