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Very Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms Possible Tonight

by ARLnow.com — January 30, 2013 at 11:20 am 1,518 13 Comments

A cold front will bring high winds, heavy rain and possible thunderstorms tonight.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Arlington and the D.C. region and Arlington County just issued the following alert.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports they are monitoring 3 weather related threats to the metropolitan DC area starting this afternoon and into the night; high winds, a line of thunderstorms, and rainfall accumulations.

The NWS predicts wind gusts around 35-40 MPH starting in the early afternoon hours. The NWS is also monitoring threats of a line of thunderstorms approaching from the west which is expected to reach the area between 7 and 10 PM. The storms have the potential to produce heavy rainfall and wind gusts up to 70 MPH. The National Weather Service reports this line of thunderstorms is fast moving and will last around 15 to 20 minutes with residual rainfall immediately following. The area should expect up to 2 inches of rainfall.

  • Hee-Haw

    I think APS needs to seriously think about shutting schools down. High winds can be dangerous; they could knock kids over, send debris flying through the air, and maybe even knock a bus full of kids over.

  • Mary-Austin

    sounds like a possible derecho

  • Garden City

    From looking out my window at the trees blowing around, the gusts started about 30 minutes ago.

    • BlowHeart

      Here’s a wind map.

      http://hint.fm/wind/

      • Chris M.

        That’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in awhile …

      • Douglas Parker

        That is super cool!

        • T

          Mesmerizing!

      • Arlington, SSR

        Too cool

  • bobbytiger

    No doubt about it. Changes in the weather are “possible”.

  • Alex

    Maybe it would be a winter storm… if it wasn’t 68F!

    • drax

      I think it’s winter on the other side of this storm.

  • DonDada

    To celebrate, Donaldson Run Outfitters will be hosting a Winter Whitewater Xtravaganza tonight with extended hours and specials.

  • John E. Andre

    Another incidence of “thunderstorms” with virtually no thunder or lightning. Without the pyrotechnics these should be classified as heavy showers, but not as thunderstorms, even if the height of the cloud tops indicates they are cumulonimbus clouds.

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