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Tornado Watch issued for DC Metro | Red Weather Alert

Red Weather Alert for possible tornadoes as storms move in Friday.

WASHINGTON — We're tracking strong to severe storms Friday. These storms may bring heavy rain, damaging winds and tornadoes. Spotsylvania is, as of 11:20 a.m., under a tornado warning and residents will need to seek shelter. Most of the area is also under a Tornado Watch.  A watch means that tornadoes are possible. 

Quick Forecast:
Friday:  Mostly cloudy. Afternoon and evening strong storms. High: 78.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Strong storms end before midnight. Low: 65.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a stray shower. High: 80.

Forecast Discussion:

The National Weather Service has cancelled the tornado warning for Spotsylvania . A Tornado Watch is still in place for the D.C. metro area and a Flood Watch. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are also in effect for Charles, Fairfax, Prince George's, Prince William, D.C. and Montgomery County until 12:30 p.m. These storms may produce wind gusts up to 60 mph.  

Showers and strong storms have developed south and west of D.C. and are moving toward the Metro. 

We've issued a Red Weather Alert for Friday for the possibility of severe thunderstorms. Check out all of the details here. Our threats Friday also include  damaging wind, which could be enough to knock out a few power lines and take down some trees. Hail is also a threat. 

Right now it is looking like the showers and storms come in two waves. The first wave will hit before 3 p.m. and then again from 6:30  p.m. - 11 p.m.

Plan ahead for the storms:

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Detailed Forecast:
Friday:  Mostly cloudy. Afternoon and evening storms. Some of which could be strong and severe. Highs: 76 - 81. Winds: S 10.
Friday Night: A chance for showers and storms before 8 p.m. Lingering showers. Lows: 58 - 66. Winds: WNW 10.
Saturday: Partly sunny and pleasant, isolated shower or storm possible. Highs: 77 - 82. Winds: W 10.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy with a stray shower early, then dry. : Lows: 57-63. Winds: NW 5.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warm but not humid. Highs: 79 - 84. Winds: SW 5.

Long Range Forecast:

Memorial Day Weekend is looking is better and better. We are still keeping the chance for a few scattered showers and storms in the forecast for Saturday but most of the day looks dry.

Credit: KM

Sunday looks sun-filled with comfortable temperatures in the low 80s. 

Memorial Day will still be nice and bright but much warmer with temperatures near 90. The hot streak continues through the middle of next week with temperatures in the low 90s.

Extended Outlook:
Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, hotter. Highs: 86 - 91.
Tuesday: Sunny and hot. Highs: 88 - 93.
Wednesday: Sunny and hot. Highs: 88 - 93.
Thursday: Sun and clouds with a chance for showers and storms. Highs: 85-90.

Credit: KM

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