UPDATE: Tornado Watch for Northern VA Monday Night

Reston Parkway in the rain, April 30, 2014/Credit: Ed SchudelUpdated, 3:30 p.m. Monday)  The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 10 p.m. for Reston, Northern Virginia and the entire Washington, D.C. area.

An isolated tornado or two could develop through this evening, but damaging winds and hail are more likely hazards, the NWS says.

From the NWS:

PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     SCATTERED LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2
       INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
     SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

   SUMMARY...THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER NORTHERN VA AND
   WESTERN MD THIS AFTERNOON...TRACKING ACROSS THE WATCH AREA. 
   DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL ARE THE MAIN THREATS.  HOWEVER...BACKED LOW
   LEVEL WINDS NEAR A WARM FRONT MAY BE SUFFICIENT TO ENHANCE THE RISK
   OF ISOLATED TORNADOES OVER NORTHERN PARTS OF THE WATCH.

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 90 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF
   CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA TO 25 MILES NORTH OF HARRISBURG
   PENNSYLVANIA.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
   ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

 

Original story: The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Weather Outlook for Northern Virginia Monday afternoon and evening.

The NWS says there could be severe storms that feature hail and there may be isolated tornadoes.

As of Monday at noon, the forecast said there was an enhances storm risk. A 2 percent chance of a tornado within 25 miles, and a 30 percent chance of hail and damaging winds more than 55 miles per hour.

The risk could increase later on Monday, says the Capital Weather Gang.

The storm risk will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. Monday.

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