(Updated at 1:25 p.m.) Arlington and the D.C. region is now under a Tornado Watch.
The watch is in effect until midnight tonight. Forecasters say the storms approaching the area may spawn isolated tornadoes.
The region is also under a Flash Flood Watch, with heavy rain expected this afternoon and evening. The expected stormy weather has prompted airlines to allow travelers at Reagan National Airport to change their flights without additional fees.
More from the National Weather Service:
MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SOME OF THE STORMS WILL LIKELY BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY THROUGH MOST OF TONIGHT FOR THE ENTIRE OUTLOOK AREA.
GALE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE WATERS TONIGHT.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of DC, MD, VA, WV until 12 AM EDT pic.twitter.com/oUxltkCIA9
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) April 19, 2019
With flooding and power outages possible, Arlington County Police are reminding motorists to take extra precautions on the roads.
Gusty winds and heavy rain are likely during today's storm and may cause power outages. Plan ahead to limit your commute during the inclement weather. If you must be out, slow down, drive for the conditions and remember to treat any uncontrolled intersection as a FOUR WAY STOP. pic.twitter.com/ZY5m2nWMKm
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) April 19, 2019