BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An Alert Day is underway for Thursday afternoon into the night.
A strong cold front will track across Maryland, triggering strong to severe storms.READ MORE: Maryland Gas Tax Hikes 7 Cents Friday, Gov. Hogan Calls For Another Tax Holiday
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Somerset and Worcester counties until 8:30 p.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for much of eastern Maryland until 9 p.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of central Maryland and parts of western Maryland was canceled at 7 p.m.
SEVERE T-STORM WATCH is in effect for most of Maryland until 9PM. Severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds & hail up to nickel-size will develop this afternoon and move through the Baltimore Area this evening. @wjz #mdwx pic.twitter.com/D0DtmizM5P
— Derek Beasley (@DerekBeasleyWX) June 2, 2022
The National Weather Service issued Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for several Maryland counties including Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties, but all warnings expired by 6:30 p.m.
The Annapolis area saw heavy rain while under a Severe Thunderstorm warning around 5 p.m.
It is pouring in Annapolis 🌧
— Jessica Albert (@JessicaAlbertTV) June 2, 2022
The watch covers Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties, as well as Baltimore City.
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for portions of the I-95 corridor from Prince William county northward until 8 PM. Rainfall rates of 1-2” with locally higher amounts are possible with these thunderstorms through the remainder of the evening. pic.twitter.com/hvauDZ0Q1c
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) June 2, 2022
A Flash Flood Watch is in place until 8 p.m. for many of those areas, including parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as Baltimore City.
A very hot and sticky airmass is in place, with midday temperatures already in the low 80s.
That’s creating a very unstable atmosphere that’s ripe for severe storms.
Some places will make a run at the mid to upper 80s before storms move in.READ MORE: Gun Spotted In Driver's Car Before Baltimore Officer Dragged, Court Documents Say
The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of Maryland under a slight risk for severe weather.
Think of slight as a 2 out of 5 on the scale with 5 being the highest threat and 1 being the lowest.
Western Maryland is under a marginal risk, indicating a 1 out of 5 threat level.
The main threat we’re concerned about is damaging straight line winds.
The threat for tornadoes seems minimal.
These thunderstorms will likely produce very heavy and very quick-moving downpours that may trigger isolated flooding in the metro areas of Baltimore and DC.
Hail is also possible, but that threat is on the lower end.
The best window for strong to severe storms is from around 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The last bit of rain should clear out of here before midnight with clouds clearing out early Friday morning.
That means most of our Friday is shaping up to be sunny.
It will also be much cooler and much more comfortable, thanks to highs near 80 and low humidity.MORE NEWS: Ex-Baltimore Fiscal Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud, Identity Theft Charges
Our weekend looks pretty wonderful as well, with those mostly sunny skies and highs near 80 sticking around.