The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Fairfax County.
The watch went into effect at 3:07 p.m. and is expected to last until 7 p.m. this evening (Friday). The forecast says heavy rain and scattered storms are possible tonight.
Going into the holiday weekend, there’s also a possibility of thunderstorms tomorrow, and a chance of rain showers on Sunday. But it’s looking like the sun will pull through for a mostly sunny Fourth of July.
High temperatures through the weekend are expected to reach 90 degrees, and the lows are around 70 degrees.
[7/1/22 at 3:24 PM] ⛈A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 7 PM this evening. Please stay weather aware and be ready to move indoors if you have plans outdoors. #VaWx pic.twitter.com/ypfgBAj1hd
— Ready Fairfax (@ReadyFairfax) July 1, 2022
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia until 7 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/jKFhRRaMfc
— NWS Severe Tstorm (@NWSSevereTstorm) July 1, 2022
Fairfax County is under a Flood Watch until midnight.
The National Weather Service issued the watch this morning, noting flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible after 3 p.m.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected later this afternoon into the evening, according to the National Weather Service. There will be heavy rainfall at times, with predicted rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches within the span of a couple of hours, according to the Flood Watch.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook in the county states damaging winds and hail are also possible.
Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly between 3 PM and 11
PM. A Flash Flood Watch for potential flash flooding is in effect
near and west of Interstate 95 during this time. Isolated
instances of flooding can`t be ruled out further east.
In addition, a few storms may become severe with damaging wind
gusts and large hail. An isolated tornado can`t be ruled out.
The #Flood Watch for potential flash flooding this afternoon and evening has been expanded eastward into the I-95 corridor. Heavy #rain from thunderstorms may lead to rapid rises of water in creeks, streams, and in poor drainage areas. pic.twitter.com/MtfzQDadcQ
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) June 22, 2022
[6/22/22 at 1:30 PM] A Flood Watch is in effect this afternoon until 11 PM. Heavy rain from thunderstorms may lead to rapid rises of water in creeks, streams, and in poor drainage areas. Please stay weather aware. #VaWx pic.twitter.com/oSgtmhUVd0
— Ready Fairfax (@ReadyFairfax) June 22, 2022
Updated at 6:50 p.m. — The Severe Thunderstorm Watch was canceled at 6:41 p.m., according to a National Weather Service alert.
Earlier: Fairfax County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, and part of the county is also under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.
The county is under a severe thunderstorm watch until midnight, according to the National Weather Service. There’s also a severe thunderstorm warning for west central Fairfax County, including Burke and Chantilly, until 6:15 p.m.
“Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall,” the warning reads. “This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by downed trees. Localized power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.”
[6/16/22 at 3:49 PM] A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Fairfax County until midnight. Damaging winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes are possible. Remain weather aware and be ready to seek shelter if a warning is issued. #VaWx pic.twitter.com/xumKW8uFZa
— Ready Fairfax (@ReadyFairfax) June 16, 2022
— Chris Harrod (@thechrisharrod) June 16, 2022
The full watch is below.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 378 REMAINS VALID UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT
TONIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS
IN VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 22 COUNTIES
IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA
ALBEMARLE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG GREENE
KING GEORGE NELSON ORANGE
IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
ARLINGTON CITY OF ALEXANDRIA CITY OF FAIRFAX
CITY OF FALLS CHURCH CITY OF MANASSAS
CITY OF MANASSAS PARK CULPEPER
FAIRFAX FAUQUIER LOUDOUN
PRINCE WILLIAM STAFFORD
IN NORTHWEST VIRGINIA
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALEXANDRIA, ARLINGTON, CHANTILLY,
CHARLOTTESVILLE, CROZET, CULPEPER, DAHLGREN, FAIRFAX,
FALLS CHURCH, FALMOUTH, FREDERICKSBURG, GORDONSVILLE, GREENFIELD,
HERNDON, LEESBURG, MADISON, MANASSAS, MANASSAS PARK, MCLEAN,
ORANGE, RESTON, SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE, STANARDSVILLE, STERLING,
WARRENTON, WASHINGTON, AND WOODBRIDGE.
City of Alexandria
City of Charlottesville
City of Fairfax
City of Falls Church
City of Fredericksburg
City of Manassas
City of Manassas Park
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