BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Severe storms are possible Tuesday afternoon in parts of Maryland.

The good news is the potential for the strongest storm systems have moved south of Baltimore, but drenching downpours are possible in our area. Baltimore was downgraded from an “enhanced risk” for severe storms to a “marginal risk.”

“Great news for Marylanders, the weather is looking less and less volatile this Tuesday. The Storm Prediction Center has downgraded our areas to the “Marginal Risk” category for severe storms, meaning an isolated t-storms can’t be ruled out. The best chance for severe weather will be for areas like southern Maryland and northern Virginia,” Meteorologist Chelsea Ingram said.

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Statewide we’re not out of the woods yet. Damaging winds, hail, drenching downpours and a few tornadoes are possible in southern Maryland.

WJZ’s weather team is monitoring the system headed across the state.

Meteorologist Chelsea Ingram said a low-pressure system out West is being pushed into our region with a cold front right behind it — creating an environment for severe weather.

Here’s the timeline when you should expect the most severe storm to roll through parts of Maryland.

  • Noon — A shower or thunderstorm will begin to pop up.
  • By 2 p.m. — The storms will really start to bubble up and strengthen just in time for the evening commute. Damaging winds can be expected in Southern Maryland.
  • By 10 p.m. — The storm will finally quiet down through the overnight hours.

There’s also a potential for storms to rotate — meaning there could be a couple of tornadoes that develop.

Baltimore and DC have had a significant number of severe thunderstorm warnings this year — ranking 2nd highest nationwide behind Oklahoma with 524 severe storms, according to Iowa State University’s data.

As long as you are safe, we’d love to see your photos and video of storm damage. Email newsroom@wjz.com or use #BeOnWJZ.

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Chelsea Ingram

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