A Tornado Watch is in place for Howard, Harford, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Frederick, Cecil, Montgomery. Washington, Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Talbot, and Allegany counties until 3am Monday. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop while a warning means conditions are imminent.
A powerful cold front continues to blast toward the area this afternoon with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms. The bulk of the energy is right overhead with winds over 60-90 mph at 5,000ft and warm moist air at the surface. You add the front and a little sunshine to get the perfect setup for a volatile severe weather day. For that reason the Storm Prediction Center has put our area underneath an Slight Risk for severe weather until the front passes before the Monday evening commute. Some uncertainty does remain though to if storms can reach supreme severe potential thanks to the heavy rains of this morning and leftover cloud cover above.
Primary threats of strong damaging winds, small hail, and localized flash flooding remain for all areas through this evening. A few tornadoes also cannot be ruled out based upon the extra spin above. Timing for the storms still sits between Now-4pm Monday as the front moves in from the west. We have a few scattered showers and storms out ahead of the main line which could spin as well leading to utmost attention when it comes to warnings issued this afternoon. The severe threat will wane quickly Monday evening with temperatures falling into the 40s. Wind will be an issue throughout your Monday with gusts around 50-60 mph. For that reason Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings will remain in place until the winds come down later tonight. Expect continued power outage concerns.
A chance for rain and snow expected midweek. Stay tuned for the latest online and on your phone!!