Steamy, stormy Tuesday follows night of storms in DC area


Thunderstorms pelted several locations in the D.C. area with heavy rain on Monday night.

Metro train service suspended between Van Ness and Farragut North on Tuesday morning due to flooding at Cleveland Park and Woodley Park. Buses were running to transport riders between the two stations, Metro said.

Tuesday’s forecast is expected to be similar — hot and humid with a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

Most of the region was under a severe thunderstorm warning and flash flood watch Monday night. A flash flood warning was in effect in D.C. and parts of Northern Virginia until Tuesday morning.

“Will will have another chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, some of which could be strong to possibly severe, bringing strong winds and heavy rain with some hail,” said Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.

Thunderstorms were reported in Prince George’s and Baltimore counties in Maryland, including in Silver Spring toward Chevy Chase in Montgomery County, and in D.C. toward Suitland, Maryland, Winds were clocked between 60 to 70 mph.

Not everyone saw severe weather but those that did experience the slow-moving storms encountered damaging winds and large hail, Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford reported.

The heavy rain had an impact on Monday afternoon traffic, as a string of crashes and downed wires and trees closed roads or slowed down the afternoon rush.

A tree blew over onto the southbound lanes of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Powder Mill Road around 6 p.m.

Shortly before 7 p.m., power lines fell onto Route 50 east of Kenilworth Avenue in Cheverly, Maryland. The downed wires also affected freight rail traffic but not the nearby Metrorail tracks.

The storms dumped heavy rain on the Capital Beltway and overwhelmed at least one storm drain on the Outer Loop near Route 450. The left lanes were impassable but the water receded about half an hour later. The South Capitol Street underpass at Malcolm X Avenue also flooded.



Monday marked the 11th consecutive day the region has reached 90 degrees or higher, and the streak is likely to continue for the next several days, Stinneford said.

“A tropical system could bring some relief from the heat late in the week, but if it tracks too far out to sea, our string of 90-degree days could continue into the weekend,” he said.

The pattern of heat combined with rain will repeat Tuesday.

“We do it all again tomorrow with plenty of sunshine, temperatures in the low 90s with the heat index around 100 and a chance for some afternoon storms,” said Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.

On Wednesday, temperatures will still be in the low 90s with plenty of sunshine and a change of isolated storms in the afternoon and evening.


Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid with a 40% chance of evening storms. Temps in the low to mid 90s.

Wednesday: Sunny and hot with isolated chances of rain. Temps in the low 90s.

Thursday: Mostly to partly sunny with increasing clouds. Highs near 90s.

Friday: Mostly to partly cloudy with rain possible. Highs around 90.


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WTOP’s Abigail Constantino and Dave Dildine contributed to this report.

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