High pressure over eastern Maine nosing down the East Coast has pushed the back door front down to southern Virginia, giving us a mostly cloudy and cool afternoon with a bit of rain at times. Storms over southern Lake Michigan tracked to the northeast this afternoon and evening. A cold front will sweep across the Ohio Valley this afternoon and through the mid-Atlantic early tonight. A couple of showers and a thunderstorm or two will be around tonight, especially before midnight. So, folks who carry their rain gear along this morning may not need it in the short term, but more than likely, it will come in handy before the day is through.

As that cold front approaches from the north and west late this afternoon and this evening (there should also be a ‘triple point’ low forming near the Delmarva Peninsula), there is also going to be some thunderstorm activity drifting into areas east of the Appalachians. And while thunderstorms could be quite ‘potent’ in the warm sector today (such as near Pittsburgh and in West Virginia), the cooler and more stable environment farther to the east should cause them to weaken rather rapidly between the hours of 7 and 11 p.m. — when they’ll creep towards the coastal plain.

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