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Heavy downpours and thunderstorms to impact Middle Atlantic states today

National Weather Service forecast map
National Weather Service forecast map
Map courtesy National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for parts of the Middle Atlantic area through this afternoon. A cold front will move from west to east today in the Middle Atlantic region and produce widespread showers and thunderstorms from Richmond VA to Washington DC to Baltimore MD and over on the Delmarva peninsula. Although this line of showers and storms has weakened since yesterday, when it produced severe weather, some locations may experience heavy downpours for a brief time along with thunder and gusty winds. The best chance for severe weather will be over south-central and southeast Virginia where temperatures are in the 60s and low 70s this morning. It looks as though the above locations will experience the line of storms between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. this afternoon, except later this afternoon in southeast Virginia. Areas that receive heavy rain may also experience localized flooding; however, the rain will be of relatively short duration so widespread flooding is not anticipated.

Here is some additional information regarding today's inclement weather:

National Weather Service Tornado Watch

Intellicast radar loop for the Middle Atlantic states

Accu-Weather video: Storms and a Warm-up Briefly for the East, Then Much Colder

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