Update - 3:07 p.m. Friday: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch across Northern Virginia until 9 p.m.
Winds are starting to pick up and scattered rain is developing across Northern Virginia ahead of the cold front that will bring strong thunderstorms to the area during rush hour.
Tips on driving safely in inclement weather are below, and also review .
Original Post: By the early afternoon Friday isolated thunderstorms may start popping up in the Herndon area as a cold front with stronger and more widespread thunderstorms rolls in.
The thunderstorms are expected to increase right before rush hour this evening with the strongest storms predicted from 7 - 9 p.m. High temperatures on Friday will be in the low 80s.
Herndon Festival is set to take place today from 5-11 p.m. While most festival events are held rain or shine, when it comes to severe weather the festival may close temporarily and later reopen. To check the status of the festival, call 703-435-6866.
Weather forecasters in Northern Virginia say the thunderstorms could have a significant impact on the evening commute.
“There may be a couple waves of storms affecting the region through midnight or so with heavy rain, gusty winds and dangerous lightning. Some storms may contain damaging winds and large hail with the outside chance of isolated tornadoes,” Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow predicted Thursday.
Friday has started out cool and partly cloudy, with temperatures in the upper 60s around sunrise. Temperatures will rise into the low 80s with an increasing threat of scattered thunderstorms throughout the day before the evening storms roll into the area.
While driving Friday evening, remember these tips for driving during severe weather from The Weather Channel:
- Turn on your lights (low beams) and leave plenty of distance for braking.
- If you do not feel safe driving or visibility gets too low, pull over and off the road to a safe location and wait for the rain to subside.
- In a lightning storm, your car generally is a safer place to be than outside.
- If the power is out at an intersection, treat it as a four-way stop.
- Do not drive through large puddles—your car may stall or flood.
Friday is the first day of meteorological summer and the first day of the , which may be “near normal” according to some forecasters.
Temperatures will rise only into the 70s on Saturday as skies clear.
The Capital Weather Gang is predicting a slightly warmer-than-average June in the D.C. metro area despite a cool start.
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