Severe Thunderstorm Watch for D.C. Area

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the D.C. area.

The watch continues until 11 p.m. for D.C.; Howard, Carroll, Montgomery and Frederick counties in Maryland; and Fauquier, Prince William, Arlington Culpeper, Loudoun, Orange, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Fairfax and Stafford counties in Virginia.

Steady light rain will give way to heavier showers began by early evening, and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued west of D.C. as the front approached. NBC Washington's Doug Kammerer said there was potential for destructive winds and large hail.

A tornado watch was issued to the west of the Washington region Wednesday afternoon.

In the south, temperatures will be rising through the evening but in the north things will stay cool and cloudy.

After the evening's storm system moves out, cold weather will settle across the region.  Colder temperatures will start tomorrow and continue through the next few days.  With chance of precipitation on Saturday and Sunday, Doug Kammerer said the weekend will feel more like late February than late March. 

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