The latest information from Bill Sammler, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA's National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA:
Overall, the severe weather threat has diminished across the area from yesterday. The thunderstorm activity which developed across the southeastern states yesterday afternoon and evening has limited the amount of instability available further north and northwest into our region. As a result, thunderstorms were delayed in forming this morning, and those that have formed have struggled to reach severe levels. Considerable cloud cover also prevails over the area late this morning, which is inhibiting the atmosphere from destabilizing. A threat for severe thunderstorms continues into early afternoon, but the tornado threat has diminished, and is now restricted to areas east of I-95 in VA/MD/NC. Below are important points to keep in mind.
- Tornado Watch remains in effect until 1 pm for all of our area west of the Chesapeake Bay.
- Strong to severe thunderstorms, with the primary threats being large hail and damaging wind gusts, will remain possible through early afternoon.
- The threat for an isolated tornado continues east of I-95, but the threat for significant tornado activity has significantly diminished.
- Remain alert for the potential of severe thunderstorm, and possibly a tornado warning to be issued, especially as long as the tornado watch remains in effect.
- The severe weather threat will end early this afternoon, with most precipitation lifting east and northeast of our area.
- Improving weather conditions expected, although breezy to windy and much cooler than the last few days, from mid afternoon through Friday.
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