After warm day, temperatures plummeted; wind advisory and severe thunderstorm watch for DC area

Monday began with spring-like weather, recording highs in many parts of the D.C. region, but winter weather conditions made a drastic return during the evening.

Temperatures plummeted as a new cold front moved Monday night, bringing gusty winds between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and severe thunderstorms throughout the night.

The conditions caused for 1,200 customers in Fairfax County, Virginia to lose power. Over 750 customers in Stafford County are also without electricity.

Dominion Energy told WTOP that they will spend the night restore power to those who lost it during the late-night storms.

NBC4 meteorologist Briana Bermensolo said temperatures could drop to the 30s overnight after reaching record highs at the three D.C.-area airports this afternoon.

The National Weather Service’s wind advisory ended at 1 a.m. Tuesday, with recorded gusts blowing to 50 mph for most of the D.C. area. A severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Maryland and Virginia expired before its 9 p.m. end time.

Local officials, including D.C. Fire and EMS, warned residents to secure loose objects outdoors and to treat downed wires like they’re live.

NBC4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said Tuesday will remain cold, while a chilly rain is expected Wednesday and Thursday.

“Winter will try to make a return over the weekend with sharply colder weather Saturday night and Sunday,” he said.


Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny and much cooler. Highs in the mid 50s.

Wednesday: Rain likely and cold. Highs in the mid 40s.

Thursday: Chance for a few morning showers. Otherwise mostly cloudy and dry. Highs in the low 50s.


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Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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