Storms move through DC area ahead of drier, cooler weekend

Storms moved through the D.C. area Friday evening, bringing cooler, less humid weather this weekend.

A severe thunderstorm watch for the D.C. area has been canceled. The National Weather Service says some lingering showers and a few rumbles of thunder are possible throughout the evening hours, but the threat of storms should “gradually wane overnight” as a cold front moves through.

Storm Team4 meteorologist Ryan Miller said heavy rain that moved from south of D.C. through the D.C. area Friday evening and could “complicate travel on I-95.”

The rain was the heaviest in White Oak, Laurel and Savage, in Maryland, but was expected to cause tough driving conditions in the D.C. area Friday evening, Miller said.

Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford says the storms may produce “damaging winds and heavy rainfall.”

The threat of severe weather and heavy rain will continue Friday evening, with storms ending by midnight.

Storm Team4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer said there’s a silver lining: “That storm system coming through has a cold front and that will set the stage for what should be a beautiful weekend,” Kammerer said.

He said the forecast through the weekend appears a bit cooler than the week — mainly dry and less humid. Storm chances are expected to return to the region by Monday afternoon.


FRIDAY NIGHT: Evening storms are likely but expected to dry out after midnight with fog in rural areas. Lows in the low 60s to low 70s.

SATURDAY: Less humid and comfortable with sun and clouds. Highs in the 80s.

SUNDAY: A mix of sun and clouds to start the day before becoming humid. Isolated showers possible late Sunday. Highs in the low to mid-80s.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy and very humid with rain and thunder possible. Some rain could be heavy. Highs in the low to mid-80s.

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Valerie Bonk

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