A tornado watch is in effect for most of the state through 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. for the northern Eastern Shore. A flash flood watch is in effect through 11 p.m. There are also severe thunderstorm warnings for varying times and flood warnings starting to be issued. This is a constantly changing situation and will continue to be through the evening, all because of a very strong cold front. We will be updating the web frequently, while also updating the TV side with the changes as the storms moves across the state.
This is not only a strong but a very large storm. It has a few different lines of powerful thunderstorms are that moving very southwest to northeast. These lines are producing the severe weather we are already seeing across Virginia before the thunderstorms move our way into Maryland. There have been numerous reports of tornadoes in North Carolina, with a few tornado warnings in Virginia. Even though it’s still possible that these could hold together as they move into Maryland, the air over Maryland is just enough cooler that it may knock some of these possible tornadoes down to severe thunderstorms. Regardless, strong winds can do damage whether they are in a straight line or rotating. And there is a lot of wind energy out there for winds to gust 60-70 mph out of any one of these severe thunderstorms.
This severe weather threat will continue through the evening before the worst of the storm starts to move away. When it does, the winds will remain up but they will be drier wind. Expect sunshine to break through tomorrow as temperatures warm up to the mid 60s. Another storm will move our way starting Monday.
The next storm will be a slow mover. A very stretched out warm front will stretch into Maryland Monday with clouds and maybe a shower or two. It will remain draped just to our north Tuesday, so there will be some clouds and the chance of a shower. Then, the cold front part of the storm will swing through Wednesday with the chance of a shower. This storm will also put us in some warmer air. Highs will be close to 70 on Tuesday, the 70s on Wednesday and close to 80 degrees on Wednesday. When the front clears us, we will get a break Thursday with temperatures back in the 60s. That is, before another storm moves our way late in the week/weekend. Yes, this stormy weather pattern is going to continue right into next week at least.
Again, stay tuned for updates. This is a potentially dangerous situation.