Weather Alert: Strong to Severe Widespread Thunderstorms

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for D.C. and parts of Maryland and Virginia until 8 p.m. Sunday

What to Know

  • Strong to severe storms may be headed toward the D.C. area Sunday afternoon and evening
  • Damaging wind with 70 mph gusts, hail and lightning are possible
  • A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

Lines of strong to severe thunderstorms with potential for heavy rain, damaging winds and lime-size hail are headed towards the D.C. area for Sunday afternoon and evening.

Stay weather-ready this afternoon: The National Weather Service put the entire D.C. region under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. Storm Team4 has declared a weather alert.

The Beltway and surrounding areas are in line to get hit with waves of strong to severe widespread storms.

The earliest storms are forecast to hit around lunchtime, with further lines rolling through into the evening.

Damaging wind is the biggest threat. Gusts could reach 70 mph. Lime-size hail and frequent lightning are also possible, the NWS says. Tornado chances cannot be ruled out, especially further north of D.C. in Maryland, even as Howard County deals with damage from two separate tornadoes in the past two weeks.

After 10 p.m., the skies are expected to rapidly clear out and a cold front settles in.

Monday stays dry but temperatures drop off, with a high of 72 degrees. There's a chance for storms every day between Tuesday and next weekend.

Stay with Storm Team4 and download the NBC Washington app to stay on top of severe weather.

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