PM Update: Strong storms drop locally heavy rain into evening

WEATHER NEWS: PM Update: Strong storms drop locally heavy rain into evening

* Flood watch from 5 p.m. until midnight *

2:45 p.m. — Tornado warning for eastern Culpeper and southwest Fauquier County until 3 p.m.

East of Culpeper, radar showed rotation in a storm headed east along or just south of Rt. 15 at 15 mph, toward Remington in Fauquier County. The National Weather Service has a tornado warning in effect over this zone until 3 p.m. Seek shelter in an interior room of the lowest level of a strong building if in the path.

Original article from 2:30 p.m.

Muggy conditions have primed us for the potential for a few heavy showers and storms this afternoon and evening. A persistent storm or two could lead to some localized flooding, given rainfall rates of up to 1 to 3 inches per hour. There’s also a bit of a severe storm risk, with the potential for a few damaging wind gusts or even a quick tornado, especially south. Once we get through this mess, plan on increasing weather bliss.

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Through Tonight: Scattered showers and storms are a risk through the evening. While many spots don’t see much, a few could pick up several inches of rain in a short period, perhaps leading to a bit of flooding. Remember to “turn around, don’t drown” if you come across flooded roadways. Storms should tend to taper off within a few hours after sunset, with a few more showers possible overnight. Temperatures range across the 60s as cooler and drier air begins to filter in late.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Nicer weather starts moving into town. You’ll notice a considerable drop in humidity by morning. Sunshine may prove a bit self-defeating, with abundant cold air aloft leading to some more cloud development. We should at least see partial sunshine, though. High temperatures are near 80. Winds are from the west around five to 10 mph.

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Pollen update: The last 24-hour count for pollen was washed out by rain Sunday.

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