Will rain dampen Independence Day celebrations?

WASHINGTON — A cold front combined with a wave of low pressure coming into the D.C. area moves rain chances for the Fourth of July to the “likely for some” category, according to NBC Washington’s Storm Team 4.

“The odds of ‘SEVERE’ weather are low, but slow moving storms can certainly wreak havoc on afternoon cookouts and evening fireworks,” said Storm Team 4’s Chuck Bell.

Chances of rainfall were at 40 percent as of Tuesday morning, with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Bell told WTOP that most of the rain threat would be between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., but fall quickly after 8 p.m.

Bell said the possible afternoon storms would be particularly slow moving and primarily be driven by daytime heating. Most of the daytime heating will lose it’s punch after 5 or 6 p.m., he said, and most of the fireworks displays should be able to take place after 9 p.m.

“Storms will be a bit more likely South and West of the D.C. Metro area and a bit less likely for Northern Maryland and the Northern Shenandoah Valley,” Bell said.

Bell recommended having a backup plan and dry shelter at the ready for any outdoor plans.

NBC Storm Team 4’s meteorologist Chuck Bell contributed to this report.

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