Severe thunderstorms possible in Northern Virginia: forecast

After confirmed tornadoes in the DC region, Northern Virginia faces a severe risk of thunderstorms on Thursday.

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VIRGINIA – After severe storms brought confirmed tornadoes to the D.C. region, Northern Virginia faces a new risk of severe thunderstorms Thursday.

The National Weather Service is expecting another round of showers and thunderstorms on Thursday and has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for much of the region. Locally heavy rain and severe thunderstorms may occur in some areas. Forecasters say the greatest threat of severe storms will occur along and east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the afternoon.


Northern Virginia is largely at a marginal risk for thunderstorms (level 1 of 5), while areas southeast of D.C. are at a small risk (level 2 of 5), according to the National Weather Service. Damaging winds and hail are the main threats from the severe storms.

The severe weather alert comes after two likely tornadoes were reported in Montgomery County and several other locations in Maryland. A tornado caused damage and collapse to several homes in Gaithersburg. Residents trapped in the houses were rescued.

Aberdeen, north of Baltimore, received eight inches of rain Wednesday night, prompting water rescues for stranded drivers.

The National Weather Survey said it had sent survey teams to assess damage in nine counties in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It will release findings on the severe weather later Thursday.

Thursday’s severe thunderstorm warning is for Arlington County, City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, City of Fredericksburg and others. The watch expires on Thursday at 9 p.m.

Residents can monitor the National Weather Service in case warnings are issued. Warnings usually mean that severe weather is occurring and action is required.


Here is the upcoming forecast at Dulles International Airport:

Thursday: A chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 4 p.m., a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Chance of showers and thunderstorms at night, especially before 7 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. The chance of precipitation drops to 30 percent.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 5 to 7 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 57.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high around 82. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 63.

Sunday: Chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A chance of showers overnight before 8 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low near 60. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high around 77. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 56.

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