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  • Watching the Geminid meteor shower around the DMV

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    The Geminid Meteor shower is just about at peak! These tiny space rocks put on one of the best annual shows, but this year we are going to have to fight through the clouds. Some meteors from earlier this week have already been linked to the Geminids. The shower comes from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This asteroid orbits the sun and earth travels through it's path running into small particles left over from the asteroid.
  • Friday night's rainfall will likely break the all-time D.C. record set in 1889

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    After a few dry and cool days, Mother Nature will deliver another storm to the DMV by the end of the week. And that storm could lead to rainfall that sets a new all-time record for D. C. With Friday night's expected rainfall,a 129-year record for most precipitation in a single year in D. C. will likely be broken, surpassing the current mark of 61. 33 inches set in 1889. As of Monday, the nation's capital has had 60. 78 inches of precipitation— the third most all time for a single year.
  • Dry and chilly weather creates icy spots on roads south of DC Monday morning

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Our southern snow storm is out of here, but watch for slick roads south of D. C. through the morning. The work week will start off cold and dry, so dress warm! High temperatures will top out in the low 40s today through Thursday with overnight lows in the 20s. Some guidance is hinting at a few sprinkles or flurries late Thursday, but our next best chance for wet weather arrives late Friday into the weekend.
  • Winter Weather Advisories posted just south of D.C., light snow Sunday afternoon

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    The outside chance for snow moving a little farther north today appears like it will happen, though for those of you in the Metro, don't expect more than flurries. Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for areas south of DC including Rappahannock, southern Fauquier, Stafford, Charles and St. Mary's Counties and points south. A general 1 to 2 inches of snow will be possible in those areas with the highest totals in the southern part of the counties.
  • Still an outside chance for light snow south of DC Sunday as Winter Storm hits Southeast

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A winter storm will progress through the Southeast over the next 48 hours, bringing all modes of precipitation from heavy snow to rain. While the forecast is more of a sure thing for major impacts over the Southeast, the Mid Atlantic is a different story. High pressure has eased overhead locally, with a stronger area located over the Midwest Saturday morning.
  • Winter storm likely for parts of the Southeast; little impact expected for DC area

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Measurable snow has become less and less likely for the DC area this weekend into early next week. While a potent winter storm still appears likely, the southward trend has continued this week and the highest likelihood for snow continues to be targeted over southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. The system will progress from California today and move into the Southern Plains tomorrow. Winter Storm Watches are already up from New Mexico and Texas, east to Oklahoma and Arkansas.
  • Tracking snow chances for tomorrow and early next week

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    As we get closer to the beginning of winter, the need to bring up the "S"-word is increasing quickly. A lot of focus has been put on the potential weekend storm, but I don't want to overlook Wednesday's possibility of wintry weather. Most of the heavy snow showers and the moisture will get stopped and blocked by the mountains. However, there will be pockets of strong lift and energy in the atmosphere pushing through tomorrow.
  • Winter storm on the way? StormWatch7 tracks next weekend's potential wintry weather system

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    The weather world on social media is already a buzz about a potential wintry coastal storm for next week. I want to clear up what we know about this next weather maker, and more importantly what we don't! Right now, the energy for this storm is still inthe Pacific Ocean. This map shows the upper level energy that will be pushing onto the West Coast over the next few days and moving east across the Southern U. S. through the week and into next weekend. It's still way out there!
  • Showers likely throughout day as cold front moves into DC area

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    It's back to work and school Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. Grab the umbrella heading out the door with scattered showers likely throughout the day, as a cold front approaches. Monday won't be quite as warm as yesterday, but high temperatures will be the warmest it will be all week with highs in the mid 50s. Rainfall totals will also be on the lighter side between . 10"-. 25". Skies clear tonight as winds pick up.
  • A bitter cold Thanksgiving Day expected this year

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    As you prepare to welcome friends and family to your Thanksgiving Day gathering, you should also prepare for one of the coldest Thanksgiving Days ever recorded! Our first cold front crosses tonight, bringing us slightly cooler temperatures on Tuesday, but a stronger shot of cold air arrives Wednesday night bringing bitter cold air the the DMV by Thursday. The Next 3 Days. We've looked back at all of the Thanksgiving Day temperatures in D. C. since records began in 1872.
  • Wrapping up Thursday's record snow in the DMV

    ...- Josh Knight
    Thursday's snow turned out to be a record breaker for November 15th at all 3 local airports! For most of our region the cold air was more persistent than expected allowing frozen precipitation to last longer. The snow and sleet came down so heavily, that many areas where the ground was well above freezing, the ground was able to cool quickly then snow and sleet started to accumulate. Here is a look at totals around the area compiled by the National Weather Service.
  • Winter storm update: Midday Thursday

    ...- Josh Knight
    Winter Storm Warnings have been expanded in to all of Loudoun County VA, Frederick County MD, and northern Montgomery County MD. As heavy snow continues to fall north of I-66, visibility will be reduced and snow will continue to accumulate. This radar loop shows the last three hours. You can see how the warmer air is slowly moving in and the change over from a wintry mix with snow to predominantly rain is moving north.
  • Winter Weather Advisory for D.C. with Storm Warnings farther west

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for a large majority of the ABC7 viewing area. The prime time for wintry weather will be Thursday morning through Thursday night. Along I-81 this could be a very messy winter storm with snow and ice accumulation. Many areas closer to D. C. will have a tough time accumulating snow and sleet because temperatures will be close to, if not above, freezing.
  • D.C. appears likely to break a 129-year record for precipitation in a single year

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    D. C. appears likely to break a 129-year record for precipitation in a single year. D. C. has had 57. 38 inches of precipitation in 2018 as of Tuesday, putting the city less than a quarter inch away from moving to fifth on the all-time list and just four inches from the record 61. 33 inches in 1889. Current 2018 Precipitation - Washington D. C. Our next weather system will move into the area on Thursday morning, bringing both the possibility of wintry weather and an additional 1-1.
  • Winter Storm Watch issued west of D.C. starting Wednesday night

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the counties below in blue for Wednesday night through early Friday morning. The watch is for the possibility of accumulating snow, sleet, and ice, especially at higher elevations. This combination could make for a very messy commute in parts of the Shenandoah Valley, West Virginia, and Western Maryland. Morning temperatures will be critical in what type of winter weather we see and how much sticks.
  • Watching the Geminid meteor shower around the DMV

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    The Geminid Meteor shower is just about at peak! These tiny space rocks put on one of the best annual shows, but this year we are going to have to fight through the clouds. Some meteors from earlier this week have already been linked to the Geminids. The shower comes from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This asteroid orbits the sun and earth travels through it's path running into small particles left over from the asteroid.
  • Friday night's rainfall will likely break the all-time D.C. record set in 1889

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    After a few dry and cool days, Mother Nature will deliver another storm to the DMV by the end of the week. And that storm could lead to rainfall that sets a new all-time record for D. C. With Friday night's expected rainfall,a 129-year record for most precipitation in a single year in D. C. will likely be broken, surpassing the current mark of 61. 33 inches set in 1889. As of Monday, the nation's capital has had 60. 78 inches of precipitation— the third most all time for a single year.
  • Dry and chilly weather creates icy spots on roads south of DC Monday morning

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Our southern snow storm is out of here, but watch for slick roads south of D. C. through the morning. The work week will start off cold and dry, so dress warm! High temperatures will top out in the low 40s today through Thursday with overnight lows in the 20s. Some guidance is hinting at a few sprinkles or flurries late Thursday, but our next best chance for wet weather arrives late Friday into the weekend.
  • Winter Weather Advisories posted just south of D.C., light snow Sunday afternoon

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    The outside chance for snow moving a little farther north today appears like it will happen, though for those of you in the Metro, don't expect more than flurries. Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for areas south of DC including Rappahannock, southern Fauquier, Stafford, Charles and St. Mary's Counties and points south. A general 1 to 2 inches of snow will be possible in those areas with the highest totals in the southern part of the counties.
  • Still an outside chance for light snow south of DC Sunday as Winter Storm hits Southeast

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A winter storm will progress through the Southeast over the next 48 hours, bringing all modes of precipitation from heavy snow to rain. While the forecast is more of a sure thing for major impacts over the Southeast, the Mid Atlantic is a different story. High pressure has eased overhead locally, with a stronger area located over the Midwest Saturday morning.
  • Winter storm likely for parts of the Southeast; little impact expected for DC area

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Measurable snow has become less and less likely for the DC area this weekend into early next week. While a potent winter storm still appears likely, the southward trend has continued this week and the highest likelihood for snow continues to be targeted over southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. The system will progress from California today and move into the Southern Plains tomorrow. Winter Storm Watches are already up from New Mexico and Texas, east to Oklahoma and Arkansas.
  • Tracking snow chances for tomorrow and early next week

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    As we get closer to the beginning of winter, the need to bring up the "S"-word is increasing quickly. A lot of focus has been put on the potential weekend storm, but I don't want to overlook Wednesday's possibility of wintry weather. Most of the heavy snow showers and the moisture will get stopped and blocked by the mountains. However, there will be pockets of strong lift and energy in the atmosphere pushing through tomorrow.
  • Winter storm on the way? StormWatch7 tracks next weekend's potential wintry weather system

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    The weather world on social media is already a buzz about a potential wintry coastal storm for next week. I want to clear up what we know about this next weather maker, and more importantly what we don't! Right now, the energy for this storm is still inthe Pacific Ocean. This map shows the upper level energy that will be pushing onto the West Coast over the next few days and moving east across the Southern U. S. through the week and into next weekend. It's still way out there!
  • Showers likely throughout day as cold front moves into DC area

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    It's back to work and school Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. Grab the umbrella heading out the door with scattered showers likely throughout the day, as a cold front approaches. Monday won't be quite as warm as yesterday, but high temperatures will be the warmest it will be all week with highs in the mid 50s. Rainfall totals will also be on the lighter side between . 10"-. 25". Skies clear tonight as winds pick up.
  • A bitter cold Thanksgiving Day expected this year

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    As you prepare to welcome friends and family to your Thanksgiving Day gathering, you should also prepare for one of the coldest Thanksgiving Days ever recorded! Our first cold front crosses tonight, bringing us slightly cooler temperatures on Tuesday, but a stronger shot of cold air arrives Wednesday night bringing bitter cold air the the DMV by Thursday. The Next 3 Days. We've looked back at all of the Thanksgiving Day temperatures in D. C. since records began in 1872.
  • Wrapping up Thursday's record snow in the DMV

    ...- Josh Knight
    Thursday's snow turned out to be a record breaker for November 15th at all 3 local airports! For most of our region the cold air was more persistent than expected allowing frozen precipitation to last longer. The snow and sleet came down so heavily, that many areas where the ground was well above freezing, the ground was able to cool quickly then snow and sleet started to accumulate. Here is a look at totals around the area compiled by the National Weather Service.
  • Winter storm update: Midday Thursday

    ...- Josh Knight
    Winter Storm Warnings have been expanded in to all of Loudoun County VA, Frederick County MD, and northern Montgomery County MD. As heavy snow continues to fall north of I-66, visibility will be reduced and snow will continue to accumulate. This radar loop shows the last three hours. You can see how the warmer air is slowly moving in and the change over from a wintry mix with snow to predominantly rain is moving north.
  • Winter Weather Advisory for D.C. with Storm Warnings farther west

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for a large majority of the ABC7 viewing area. The prime time for wintry weather will be Thursday morning through Thursday night. Along I-81 this could be a very messy winter storm with snow and ice accumulation. Many areas closer to D. C. will have a tough time accumulating snow and sleet because temperatures will be close to, if not above, freezing.
  • D.C. appears likely to break a 129-year record for precipitation in a single year

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    D. C. appears likely to break a 129-year record for precipitation in a single year. D. C. has had 57. 38 inches of precipitation in 2018 as of Tuesday, putting the city less than a quarter inch away from moving to fifth on the all-time list and just four inches from the record 61. 33 inches in 1889. Current 2018 Precipitation - Washington D. C. Our next weather system will move into the area on Thursday morning, bringing both the possibility of wintry weather and an additional 1-1.
  • Winter Storm Watch issued west of D.C. starting Wednesday night

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the counties below in blue for Wednesday night through early Friday morning. The watch is for the possibility of accumulating snow, sleet, and ice, especially at higher elevations. This combination could make for a very messy commute in parts of the Shenandoah Valley, West Virginia, and Western Maryland. Morning temperatures will be critical in what type of winter weather we see and how much sticks.
  • First chance at a taste of wintry weather Thursday

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    This is shaping up to be a busy weather week across the DMV! Two storm systems will bring a large amount of precipitation before we get to the weekend. The first will make for a very rainy Monday night. The second system, on Thursday, could bring a wintry mix to parts of the area. Not all weather models agree that a wintry mix is heading our way, or on the timing of this next storm system.
  • Inching closer to the record rainfall in D.C.

    ...- Bill Kelly and Ryan Miller/ABC7
    It certainly feels as if it has rained almost every day over the past few months. If you take a look at D. C. ’s weather data (officially measured at Reagan National Airport), we’ve picked up 56. 44 inches of rain as of 10 p. m. Friday night thus far this year, and we still have 15 percent of 2018 left. Rainfall Stats for D. C. Another interesting stat is that 36 percent of our 2018 days have had measurable rain, or essentially one out of every three days.
  • It's the last day of 2018 that the sun will set after 5 p.m. (Thanks a lot, time change.)

    ...- ABC7
    Today, Thursday, Nov. 8, is the last day of 2018 that the sun will set at 5 p. m. in the D. C. area. (Well, technically, it will set AT 5 p. m. today. ) The days will just keep getting shorter and shorter until after the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) on Dec. 21. After that, the days will get longer and longer. We won't see another 5 p. m. sunset until Jan. 5, about two weeks post-solstice.
  • Coldest air of the season to come this weekend; possible first freeze for DC

    ...- Alexander Liggitt
    The coldest air of the season is on its way to the Mid Atlantic this weekend, followed by another brief cold blast in the middle of next week. So far, this season has only dropped to 38 degrees, which occurred back on October 22. DC is yet to have its first high temperature reading in the 40s this fall, but that is set to happen this weekend. Overall Set-up.
  • Strong storms leave damage across parts of the Mid-Atlantic Friday

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Heavy rain and storms barreled through the DC area last evening and night leaving behind pockets of damage. The National Weather Service may conduct surveys this weekend on whether damage in Mount Airy, MD and the Baltimore Metro area was caused by tornadoes. The Mount Airy, Maryland, area was hit after 8pm last night, with some radar velocity values over 80 mph. A trained spotter in Carroll County, MD reported a 71 mph wind gust. This may have been the result of a strong downburst or a tornado.
  • Possible tornado damage in northern Maryland as violent storms race across DMV area

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    A line storms moved across the area Friday night leaving behind storm damage in northern Maryland. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for this powerful storm around 8:30 Friday evening. These storms ultimately toppled trees and tore of the roofs of several buildings in Mount Airy. Severe wind gusts were also recorded farther north in Carroll County, Maryland. Tornado Warnings were also issued in parts of Southern Maryland.
  • Bill Kelly's Winter Outlook: A snowier, colder season than recent years

    ...- StormWatch7 Weather Team
    The StormWatch7 Weather Team has been poring over data this past month as we look ahead to our Winter Weather Forecast! There are several weather patterns, some long term and some short term, that play a role in the type of winter we see in the Mid-Atlantic. These patterns are coming together this season to suggest there's some hope for snow lovers. The development of El Niño conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean can play a big role in our winter season, even though it's 3,000+ miles away.
  • Michael to bring gusty winds and heavy rainfall to the DC area this evening into tonight

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Heavy rain and gusty winds will become likely this evening into tonight as Tropical Storm Michael blasts through the DC area. As the storm is moving at a forward speed of over 20 mph, it will be a quick but potent hit to the region. Timing:While scattered showers will be possible this afternoon, heavier rain will start closer to 4 or 5pm from the south and will exit by 1 to 2am to the east. Wind Speeds and Rainfall Totals:
  • Major Hurricane Michael organizing and strengthening Tuesday

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Hurricane Michael is quickly turning into a monster storm. The thunderstorms swirling around the eye are extremely intense and have continued to organize and develop throughout Tuesday evening. The storm is expected to get stronger prior to landfall. 120 mph makes it a mid-range Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Below you can see the devastating damage that can cause: The one silver lining with this storm is how quickly it will be moving out of the area.
  • Tropical Storm Michael nearing hurricane strength as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Tropical Storm Michael continues to intensify in the Caribbean as it moves north towards the Gulf of Mexico. The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and has rapidly intensified since Sunday morning when it was only a Tropical Depression with 35 mph winds.
  • Possible development in the tropics this weekend; may become next Tropical Storm

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    As we enter the first weekend in October, we’ve been talking a lot about the heat to start the month, but we’re also still talking about the tropics. Remember, hurricane season continues through November 30th so there’s a ways to go until it quiets down. Tropical storm and hurricane frequency in a given year.
  • Fall color 2018: When will it peak in the DC area?

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Now that fall is upon us, many can’t wait to see the beautiful fall color the Mid Atlantic has to offer. Last year, the color was much later than it typically is due to the warmer than normal temperatures. The past three years of 2015, 2016 and 2017 all experienced top 10 warm fall temperatures, making for a later color change. What about this year? I reached out to Joe Rossetti, the Senior Area Forester and James McGlone, Ph. D.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 p.m. for the DC Metro

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for parts of the DC area including the immediate metro through 11pm. There have already been a few severe storms around Frederick County, MD this afternoon with damaging winds the primary threat. Heavy rain and frequent lightning will also be possible in any storms so be sure to seek shelter if you hear thunder.
  • Not your imagination: 2018 has been extremely soggy for D.C.

    ...- Josh Knight
    Many are reflecting on summer 2018 as one that barely showed up. Sure we had some hot days, but if it felt like we had more wet, muggy, and cloudy days than normal, it wasn't your imagination! This wet trend has been going on most of the year. Washington, D. C. has recorded 48. 74” of rain this year through September 25. That's almost 20" above normal! This map shows the amount of rain recorded for the East Coast for 2018 so far. We're not the only ones.
  • Severe storms possible Wednesday for D.C. metro area

    ...- Josh Knight
    The weather whiplash continues into Wednesday as we jump right back into a summertime feel. A cold front is moving our way firing up rain and thunderstorms along the way. Some storms could pack damaging wind gusts. The front will be diving into a rather muggy and hot day around the DMV. Many of us will have 'feels like' temperatures back in the low 90s Wednesday afternoon. Conditions like this, after some morning sunshine, will mean our atmosphere will be primed for storms to develop.
  • Fall is here: A look at the forecast for the week ahead

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Fall is officially here, but we really didn’t mean for it to come in so literally. So far everyone I talked to this morning has expressed how cold it is out there this morning. They’re not wrong either, temperatures are in the 50s and 60s with moderate to heavy rain over parts of the area. High temperatures today should make it into the mid 60s, which may be the coolest maximum temperature since April 29 when it only reached 58 for the high.
  • Very warm and wet September; changes here for early October?

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    The month of September has been a warm one, starting with 5 of the first 7 days above 90 degrees. DC is running over 5 degrees above normal for the month and is currently the third-warmest stretch from Sept. 1-19. It has also been very wet with over 7 inches of rain recorded for the month, placing as the 5th wettest from the 1st through the 19th and with 11 days to go in the month would be the 11th wettest on record.
  • Tropical rain from Florence moves into the DMV

    ...- Eileen Whelan
    Florence is now a tropical depression and finally on the move. The storm will track up the Appalachians and Ohio Valley today bringing tropical rain to our area. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a majority of the area through late tonight. Areas along the Blue Ridge and through the Shenandoah Valley will see anywhere between 2-4" of rain. Closer to the D. C. Metro 1-2" of rain is possible. As always, remember to never drive through standing water.
  • Florence causing catastrophic flooding to NC and SC, threat spreads into parts of VA

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Florence, which has now been downgraded to a Tropical Depression, will continue to drench much of the Carolinas in record rainfall. If the preliminary totals hold, the 30+ inches near Swansboro, NC will break the NC rainfall record for landfalling tropical cyclones (old being 24. 06” from Floyd in 1999). The storm has started to have a little quicker forward motion now moving west at 8 mph.
  • Florence downgraded to Tropical Storm as it moves across the Carolinas with pounding rain

    ...- Ryan Miller & Alex Liggitt
    Tropical Storm Florence continues to deliver incredible amounts of rainfall and gusty winds across the Carolina’s this morning. Unfortunately, the storm has and is moving to the west at a very slow speed (roughly 5 mph), this is the factor that is leading to record and historic rainfall amounts and ultimately the catastrophic flooding. Rainfall estimates from this storm are anywhere from a couple inches to several FEET depending upon location.
  • Florence now a tropical storm... again

    ...- Josh Knight
    Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Maximum sustained winds are howling at 70 mph around the eye of the storm. Dropping from a hurricane to a tropical storm may sound like a time to breath a sigh of relief, but don't be fooled. In reality, this update only drops the maximum winds by 5 mph and this storm is going to be remembered much more for the rain and storm surge, and slow movement.
  • Hurricane Florence makes landfall this morning in N.C. with 90 mph winds

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Hurricane Florence is slowly on the move with sustained winds at 80 miles per hour and gusts up to 100. As forecasted, forward movement had slowed dramatically since landfall Friday morning. Movement is at 3 miles per hour. Storm surge along with high tide and nonstop rain will complicate rescue missions Friday and overnight. Flooding has already occurred and areas around Wilmington, North Carolina have already picked up nearly a foot of rain.
  • Florence remains a very dangerous storm regardless of weakening

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Hurricane Florence ran into a little wind shear last night into the early morning which caused a little weakening and disorganization in the storm. While this sounds like a good thing, and any weakening is good prior to landfall, the major impacts still lurk ahead the next few days and even into next week.
  • Florence downgraded to a Category 3, but dangerous wind field grows

    ...- Josh Knight
    Hurricane Florence has weakened slightly with the latest observation, but don't let the storm dropping from category 4 to category 3 fool you! While the most intense winds right around the very center of the storm are now topping out around 125 mph (instead of 130 mph), the dangerous wind field for Florence continues to grow. The area of the storm with tropical storm force winds (39 mph or greater) and the area with hurricane force winds (74 mph or greater) has been expanding today.
  • Florence path trends farther south as of the latest update

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    The 5am update from the National Hurricane Center on Florence depicts more of a southerly course for the storm as it moves closer to land late this week and into the weekend. All model guidance has depicted this shift over the past 24 hours and the official track has responded. This is good news for the DC area with little impacts other than a few showers and breezy winds expected into the weekend.
  • DMV should expect flooding, downed trees and power outages when Florence hits

    ...- Steve Rudin/ABC7
    Hurricane Florence weakened slightly Tuesday morning, but the storm remains an Atlantic powerhouse with sustained winds at 130 miles per hour and gust up to 165. Forward movement has increased slightly. As the storm tracks over warmer water, it will strengthen and the eye will become more defined. By Thursday, many forecast models have the storms weakening slightly, especially late in the day.
  • Where is Hurricane Florence going?

    ...- Josh Knight
    Meteorologists and computer models still have some real work to do when it comes to the track of Hurricane Florence beyond Thursday morning. There is a lot of consensus among computer guidance until the storm is about 150 miles off the East Coast. Below you can see how models diverge at this time frame. The areas of high pressure that are guiding the storm don't really steer it one way or another.
  • Florence turns into Category 4 hurricane with current winds of 130 mph

    ...- Brian van de Graaff
    Florence has become a major hurricane once again (after losing strength for a few days) and will continue to remain a strong Category 4 storm with current winds of 130 mph. Latest guidance brings the storm within 10 mph of Category 5 status prior to landfall near the North & South Carolina border late Thursday. The track of the storm hasn’t seen much of a change over the past 48 hours. Models are in good agreement on its approach.
  • Florence regains hurricane strength and should continue to intensify

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Florence has become a hurricane once again and will continue to strengthen today and over the next several days with the forecast of it becoming a major Category 3 storm by Monday evening. The track of the storm hasn’t seen much of a change over the past 48 hours but the window will begin to shrink as the storm continues to get closer to the eastern seaboard.
  • Tropical Storm Florence expected to intensify back into a hurricane over next 24-48 hours

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Tropical Storm Florence is just starting to look a little healthier as of Saturday morning and is forecast to intensify over the next 24 to 48 hours. It may undergo “Rapid Intensification,” which occurs when the storm’s maximum sustained winds increasing by 35 mph over a 24-hour period. This may remind some of the bombogenesis term in winter when a cyclone deepens 24mb in 24 hours. They’re more markers for meteorologists to gauge the intensity of the storm than anything else.
  • Tropical Storm Florence may strengthen over the weekend, turning into hurricane

    ...- Steve Rudin/ABC7
    After a relatively quiet start to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Florence is on the move. Although the storm has weakened somewhat, latest forecast models suggest it will strengthen over the weekend and turn into a major hurricane late Monday or early Tuesday of next week. Whether Florence makes landfall or not, it will likely have some impact on the Atlantic coastline as early as Wednesday with higher surf.
  • Heat wave ends, but hot, sticky temperatures linger with afternoon storms Friday

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    The heat wave is over, but it's still going to be quite hot and humid Friday. High temperatures will top out in the mid to upper 80s, but with dew points remaining in the 70s, it will feel over 90 degrees at times. As a cold front continues to drop south across the region, showers and thunderstorms will develop during the afternoon and evening. With such high humidity, heavy rain could lead to isolated flash flooding.
  • Flash Flood Watch through Friday morning, heavy rain and flood threat continues

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the majority of the area through Friday morning as additional rounds of showers and storms are expected. This will lead to localized flooding in many of the same locations that have received heavy rain over the past few
  • Flooding this morning, severe storms possible this afternoon and evening

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Flooding has impacted areas west of DC this morning as 1-3+” of rain fell in a short period of time right after midnight. Flood waters will continue to recede with warnings locally for Fairfax & Prince William Counties until 11am and Noon.An additional thr
  • Wednesday evening storms turning east

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Update (11:45 PM): Strong storms and heavy downpours have prompted a Flood Warning until 5 a.m. for many areas west and north of D.C. Be cautious while driving as flood waters slowly recede._________________________________________________________________
  • The wet pattern returns and a few strong storm chances this week

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    After such a perfect weekend, the pattern is changing again returning the chances for showers and thunderstorms. This unsettled stretch of weather appears like it will continue through the start of the weekend, and areas of localized flooding will again be
  • Weather Alert: Severe storms with additional flooding possible this afternoon

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Please follow @ABC7Alex, @ABC7Josh & @RyanMiller_Wx this evening for the latest on storms. Don't forget to download the StormWatch7 App as it will let you know when lightning is near your location or an alert has been issued.A cold front will slide through
  • Flash flood watch for entire DC area as day 5 of rain produces highest chances of showers

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Wednesday is the fifth day of the tropical rain train. Since last Tuesday, there has been over 8.50 of rain at Reagan National. More rainfall will likely add on to that total today.High temperatures will top out in the low 80s with dew point temperature
  • Flood threat continues through Wednesday

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    This July started off as one of the driest on record and is now one of the top 10 wettest.The first rain of the month for D.C., showed up on July 17, the same day as the All-Star Game. Now with about a week left in the month, the numbers are already astoun
  • Hurricane Chris forms in the Atlantic, dangerous rip currents possible for the beaches

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Chris is now a hurricane in the Atlantic about 200 miles off the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Chris developed a symmetric eye about 20 nautical miles across this afternoon and the Hurricane Hunters found winds up to 85 mph near the eyewall.Chris is the 2
  • High heat returns to DC into the weekend

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    After a beautiful Monday and Tuesday, high heat and humidity will return late this week and into the weekend. So far in 2018, DC has recorded 8 days with temperatures above 90 degrees. By this time last year there were 9 days with highs in the 90s so we’re
  • Possibly Severe Storms to Impact D.C.

    ...- Molly Cochran
    The D.C. metro is under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms today. A frontal boundary is adding extra lift to the atmosphere, adding to the severe weather threat. The main threat for strong to possibly severe thunderstorms will be between 2-6 PM. Thunde
  • Snow in April?!? Say it ain't so!!!

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    It’s April, we promise. The temperature reached 73 degrees briefly Wednesday before falling back into the 50s. A seasonably cool day is expected Thursday and a pleasant day Friday ahead of the next potent system that will move into the area for the weekend
  • Snow lasts one day in DC; how the sun angle makes all the difference

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    How much snow did your neighborhood lose today? Most of it? All of it? It’s much more difficult in March for our area to keep a snow depth than in the winter months. This all plays in part due to the major melting factor, the sun.Chief Meteorologist Bill
  • Winter Storm Watch: Snow totals creeping up

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    A little winter fling, as we ring in spring. The spring equinox arrives at 12:15 PM EDT; however, our weather will be anything but spring-like.The snow and wintry mix will come in two parts. Part one is over us now and has prompted Winter Weather Advisor
  • Accumulating snow and sleet across parts of the DC area Tuesday into Wednesday

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    While winter ends and spring begins Tuesday at 12:15pm, the weather pattern is completely oblivious with a wintry mix to snow possible Tuesday into Wednesday. Low pressure will move eastward out of the Plains today and enter the Mid Atlantic tomorrow.Today
  • Another chance for snow around D.C.

    ...- Josh Knight
    Another system racing across the country brings a chance for a few snowflakes back to the DMV. This one won't amount to much for D.C., but many other areas could be in for big snow along the east coast.Fortunately, the timing doesn't look to slow down your
  • High Wind Warning: Damaging winds to 60 mph in the DC area Friday

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    With very powerful winds on the way, our High Wind Warning is in effect. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement along with the warning. Some of the language used clearly demonstrates the seriousness of this wind storm.Condition
  • Period of dangerous high winds likely across the DC area Friday

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    A High Wind Watch is in effect from late Thursday night through early Saturday morning for the entire DC Metro. Wind gusts to 60mph will be possible with the most likely time period between Friday morning and Friday evening.An area of low pressure will int

  • ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Hitting 80 on February 21st is a rather large feat from Mother Nature. We broke the record by 5 degrees. More notably: this is the earliest in the year D.C. has ever recorded 80 degrees (records go back 1871).Now we are in for some big changes!A cold fro
  • Wintry mix likely for DC Saturday afternoon into Saturday night

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    The cold is in place and now areas north and west of D.C. are under a Winter Weather Advisory. Higher totals are expected farther north closer to the Maryland and Pennsylvania boarder.High pressure will move overhead tonight and move off the northeast coa
  • Light snow possible for the Tuesday morning commute

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    After a rainy end to the weekend and a dreary start to the work week, the four letter word is back in our forecast tonight into Tuesday morning. No winter weather advisories are in effect right now but there is a possibility so be sure to check the forecas
  • Icy start for Wednesday across the DMV

    ...- Josh Knight
    A quiet Tuesday night is going to turn into a messy wintry mix by early Wednesday morning.At the onset, some snow and sleet is expected, but the biggest concern for most of our area is ice. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have been is
  • Cold for Saturday and more wintry mix Sunday

    ...- Josh Knight
    After a very cold Friday, we aren't going to get much relief for Saturday! Temperatures will drop off into the teens area wide heading into Saturday morning. This will be the coldest morning we've woken up to in about two weeks.Fortunately, Saturday will
  • Winter Weather Advisory for the DC Metro today; light icing possible

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. through 9 p.m. for the majority of the DC Metro Monday. While precipitation will be light in nature, it’s often these weak disturbances that end up having a major impact on the afternoon and evening commut
  • Spring-like Friday then winter roars back for weekend

    ...- Josh Knight
    Thursday the D.C. area topped out in the low 60s and Friday will likely be in the mid to upper 60s! Unfortunately, this jump ahead to spring is very short lived!This cold front on the way is really packing a punch. It is going to take our well above avera
  • Bomb Cyclone drops up to a foot of snow over the Northeast, Bitter Chills Next

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    LIST OF SCHOOL CLOSINGS HERE | DOWNLOAD THE STORMWATCH7 APPThe snow has come and gone across the DC Metro with little fanfare, though it still managed to get kids out of school. The highest snowfall in our viewing area was across St. Mary’s County in Sou
  • Light snow chances, even COLDER air headed to D.C. this week

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    While Winter Storm Warnings and Watches are in effect from Florida through the Northeast, the D.C. area doesn’t look like it will get in on the action. This is a close call but this storm will come together too far east for it to be a major impact on the D
  • Coldest air of the season here for the end of 2017, New Year's Eve and beginning of 2018

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Many of you are getting back to work this week and will be greeted by the coldest air we’ve seen so far this season. This may actually be an appetizer compared to an even stronger cold push this weekend into the first few days of 2018. 5-Day
  • Weather Alert: Snow possible for Friday evening rush

    ...- Josh Knight
    The StormWatch7 meteorologists are issuing a Weather Alert for the potential of accumulating snow during the Friday afternoon and evening rush.Not much snow is expected, but the timing will be critical with thousands of people hitting the roads. The Natio
  • Accumulating snow moving in to the DMV

    ...- Josh Knight
    Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for parts of our area for the snow on the way tonight. Saturday will be rather snowy for a good portion of our area.As of Friday evening, Southern Maryland is already seeing minor accumul
  • Unseasonably cold Friday with chances of rain, snow tonight into the weekend

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Get the heavy coats ready with unseasonably cold air settling in. Highs Friday will only reach the low 40s. Skies will be overcast, so no need for the sunglasses. StormWatch7 continues to track a coastal system that is looking more likely to bring parts of
  • Thinking it's been particularly cold lately? It has been and here is why!

    ...- Brian van de Graaff
    Fallit conjures up thoughts of pumpkin (spice lattes), changing leaves, sweaters and fireplaces. After a long and hot summer, it can be a welcome change. However, early this November, the first cool snap descended upon us and we jumped right into winter
  • Rocket Launch: Bundle up to watch!

    ...- Josh Knight
    UPDATE...Scattered clouds Sunday morning may allow you to watch Orbital ATK's Antares rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.From the DMV, you'll need to look east, so the rising sun will limit just how well you can see it.A large portion of t
  • Early December Ushers in Cold Air Across DMV

    ...- Molly Cochran
    After a seasonable November, a pattern change brings colder conditions to the region. The month of November had 17 days with above average temperatures and 13 days with below average temperatures. Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the comfortable feel because th
  • Arctic blast: Temperatures plunge prompting warnings

    ...- Josh Knight
    The coldest air of the season is blowing in with tonight's cold front. In fact, this air originated from up around the North Pole!Here's a little taste of the plunging temperatures on the way. Fortunately, the air moderates at least a little bit on the way
  • Quickly intensifying storm system bringing heavy rain and wind Sunday

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    The rain and wind in store for Sunday will cause a real weather whiplash after our beautiful Saturday. Get ready for a much cooler second-half of the weekend as well.The rain is slow to get here, but once it does, it will stick around until Monday morning.
  • Heavy rain, strong winds expected with Monday night's line of storms

    ...- Josh Knight
    Heavy rain and even a few thunderstorms will move through Monday night. Some damaging wind gusts aren't out of the question as the squall line moves through.The timing works out well to keep most of the area dry through commute time and early Monday evenin
  • NOAA's Winter Outlook Leans Warmer Than Normal

    ...- Josh Knight
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the Winter Outlook Thursday and it looks like it will be warmer than normal around D.C.A weak and short-lived La Niña is forecast to develop and remain in place through the winter. This is expect
  • Windy & Soggy Start to Monday

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Nate is now officially a tropical depression and the hurricane center has issued its last advisory on the storm. Still, as it races northeastward it will bring gusty winds and rain to many areas in the eastern U.S.While the center of the storm will stay w
  • Officially Irma: Busy in the Tropics

    ...- Josh Knight
    UPDATE:As Harvey makes landfall again this morning, Tropical Storm Irma officially develops near the Cape Verde Islands:Right now it is moving West Northwest between 10-15 mph. It's important to realize this is still really far away. If it maintained that
  • Last minute ways to view the eclipse in the DC area

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Hanging around D.C. for the eclipse Monday? There are several ways you can safely view it, whether from the comfort of your home, outside or around the city.First and foremost, we want you to know that we will be covering the entire event across the countr
  • Hurricane Gert: 2nd Hurricane of Atlantic Season

    ...- Josh Knight
    The Atlantic officially has it’s 2nd hurricane of the season!Gert is now clocking sustained max winds of 75 mph, enough to categorize it has a CAT1 Storm.Even though the storm is intensifying faster than originally forecast by the National Hurricane Center
  • Traveling for Eclipse: Plan Ahead!

    ...- Josh Knight, ABC7
    With the Great American Solar Eclipse just about a week away, it's time to make sure your plans are in place! What makes this so special is that the entire continent of North America will get to see some degree of a solar eclipse. The majority will see var
  • Total Solar Eclipse; Terms you need to know courtesy of NASA

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse is now within 10 days. Our team will be teaching you more about this celestial event in the coming days so you are prepared for it whether you are staying here in the DC area or traveling to the path of totality. First and fore
  • Near Perfect Mid-Week!

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Happy hump day! What a Wednesday it is.After a very refreshing morning, we are setting up for a beautiful afternoon. Temperatures this morning ranged from 50 in Winchester to 65 at Reagan National and in Annapolis. Those numbers are closer to normal for e
  • Solar Eclipse Viewing Spots & Events Across DMV

    ...- Molly Cochran
    With the solar eclipse only nine days away, you might be starting to plan where you will watch the phenomenon. There are many events and viewings scheduled across the DMV. A list of some family friendly events are listed below. For adults wanting to catch
  • Soggy Monday with Severe Storm Threat

    ...- Josh Knight
    After a beautiful weekend, big changes are in store to start the work week. Get ready with the rain gear and stay weather aware. A warm front lifting into our area will bring a lot of moisture with it and spark off showers starting late Sunday night. As a
  • Flash Flood Watch Friday and Saturday; Heavy rain likely for DC

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the entire DC Area from 2pm Friday through 2pm Saturday. Rainfall totals of 3 inches with locally higher amounts will be possible. This will cause flooding in small creeks and streams along with area roadways.Timing
  • Flooding rain threat across the DC area Friday into Saturday

    ...- Alex Liggitt, ABC7
    Friday into Saturday will feature the threat for heavy rainfall across the DC area. While the exact placement of the heaviest rain is still in question, the potential for 2-3 inches of rain with locally higher amounts up to five inches may be possible.Goin
  • Looking back: One year since Ellicott City's deadly, destructive flood

    ...- Molly Cochran/ABC7
    Sunday, July 30, 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly Ellicott City floodand the community is remembering what it was like.On Sunday July 30, 2016, heavy rain fell in a very short amount of time causing a massive flood in Ellicott City. Some
  • Hottest day of week with higher humidity, possible afternoon Thunderstorm on Thursday

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Thursday will be the hottest day of the next several days. Highs will top out in the upper 80s, but with higher humidity it will feel more like the low 90s. Expect a good bit of cloud cover with an isolated thunderstorm possible Thursday afternoon and ev
  • Countdown: A month away from the total solar eclipse

    ...- Alex Liggitt, ABC7 News
    WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The U.S. is one month away from something that hasn’t occurred in 38 years. A total solar eclipse will traverse the lower 48 from Oregon to South Carolina on Monday, Aug. 21.HOW TO SAFELY VIEW THE ECLIPSEOur team wanted to put together
  • Summer Sizzle:  Excessive heat for DC through early next week

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Another heat wave is settling into the DC area with the hottest temperatures of the year expected. While the last heat wave featured two days in the upper 90s, this one is forecast to have 5! Along with the heat, high humidity values will make it feel even
  • Waterspout Saturday on Chesapeake Bay

    ...- Josh Knight
    While most of the area had a beautiful, summery Saturday, there was one small group of showers that formed in Anne Arundel County that moved southeast across the Chesapeake Bay. These showers produced a waterspout and put on quite a show! Will Maher shot t
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