Storms, heavy rain and gusty winds possible Wednesday night

The National Weather Service said that showers and thunderstorms will be moving across the D.C. area on Wednesday afternoon and evening, possibly complicating the evening commute. Here's what you need to know.

WASHINGTON — Showers and thunderstorms, some of which could be severe, could hit the D.C. area on Wednesday, potentially complicating the evening commute.

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“With any of these storms expect strong winds, heavy downpours that could lead to flooding and lots of lightning,” said Storm Team 4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.

Areas west of D.C. are at greater risk of seeing more severe weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for areas outside of the D.C. area in Western Maryland, eastern Western Virginia and Northern Virginia until 10 p.m.

Current Conditions


In addition to the weather, a crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge has closed the Outer Loop through lanes, although Maryland State Police said they hope to have all lanes reopened by 6 p.m.

For the most updated traffic report, visit WTOP’s traffic center. You can see a map of the latest traffic conditions below.

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