Elsa lets it go: Calmer weather ahead for DC area

The remnants of Tropical Storm Elsa made a quick exit out of the D.C. area Friday morning.

After a pretty active second half of Thursday, the region is seeing calmer conditions Friday.

Elsa is still turning off the north eastern seaboard, moving pretty quickly at 31 mph to the north and east. It will continue to move off the coast of New England throughout the day.

The D.C. area had on average less than an inch of rain, with the heaviest totals, a few inches, in Southern Maryland, according to NBC Meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.

For the most part, the region will stay dry, but Ricketts said she’s watching a few showers climbing out of West Virginia and pushing to the east.

Those are out ahead of a cold front that will eventually pass through later Friday afternoon. If the showers make it over the mountain ranges, the D.C. area could have a few showers to deal with through the morning hours.

Otherwise, it’s expected to be partly to mostly sunny with muggy conditions and temperatures approaching 90.

After 2 p.m., as the cold front nears the area, more scattered showers and thunderstorms will head our way, Ricketts said. Some of these could be strong, leading to damaging winds and heavy rain in the afternoon and evening.

Humidity should fall overnight as temperatures fall into the 60s.

Expect partly sunny skies for Saturday with temperatures in the mid 80s and lower humidity.

That humidity will start to increase Saturday night as temperatures stick around 70 degrees.

A warm front will lift through the area on Sunday leading to some more showers and thunderstorms across the region. Temperatures will approach 90 degrees. Some of the storms on Sunday could be strong to severe.


Friday: Partly cloudy to mostly clear. A few isolated AM showers, PM SCT. Storms, some strong, muggy. Highs: Upper 80s.

Saturday: Less humid. Partly sunny. Highs: Mid-80s.

Sunday: Humid, partly to mostly cloudy, storms possible, some strong. Highs: Near 90.

Monday: Hot and humid with afternoon storms. Highs: Low 90s.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and a master’s degree in English Literature from The George Washington University.

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