Supersoaker storms cover northern Va. as severe weather passes through DC region

The storms dumped large hail on Aldie, Virginia. (Courtesy Elizabeth Little)
A week of extreme heat is followed up by a weekend of on-and-off showers around the District. Part of the D.C. region faced severe weather this Friday evening, with flash floods and the two inch hail in some areas. Here’s what you need to know.

The entire D.C. region was under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 p.m. from the National Weather Service. There were numerous showers and thunderstorms in northern Virginia and for short periods in Maryland. Some were severe, with damaging winds at 60 mph and hail of varying sizes.

7News First Alert Meteorologist Veronica Johnson said around 7:40 p.m. that storms were starting to settle but heavy rain was still coming down in Prince William and Loudoun counties, which both had flood warnings issued by the weather service.

“Flash flooding is occurring right now,” Johnson had said. “Lots of heavy rain just north of I-66.”

Some roadways also flooded, complicating residents’ Friday night commute.

Unsettled weather is expected to stick around the rest of the weekend, too.

7News First Alert Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff said while the weekend will be humid, it won’t be as hot.

Saturday’s temperatures will be in the upper 80s, but “will feel around 90 degrees,” van de Graaff said. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s on Sunday with a chance of rain and storms.

Current weather

Thursday marked the fifth day of a historic September heat wave, but highs around the area were a degree or two lower than the sizzling days earlier this week, said 7News First Alert meteorologist Eileen Whelan.

Daily record highs were broken at all three D.C.-area airports on Wednesday.

Dulles International Airport reached 100 degrees — the first time ever in the month of September that it has reached triple digits since the National Weather Service started recording temperatures at the airport back in the 1960s.

Temperatures at BWI Marshall and Reagan National airports broke the daily record with a tie at 98 degrees.


Thunderstorms that might be severe until 11 p.m.
Temps: 80-85
Winds: South 5-10 mph

Chance Rain, Storms
Patchy Fog Possible
Lows: 65-74
Winds: Light & Variable

Mostly Cloudy, Humid
Chance PM Rain, Storms
Highs: 85-88
Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph

Mostly Cloudy, Humid
Rain and Storms
Highs: 80-85
Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph

WTOP’s Ciara Wells contributed to this report.

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Emily Venezky

Emily Venezky is a digital writer/editor at WTOP. Emily grew up listening to and reading local news in Los Angeles, and she’s excited to cover stories in her chosen home of the DMV. She recently graduated from The George Washington University, where she studied political science and journalism.

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