BALTIMORE — A Severe T-Storm Watch is in place for Howard, Harford, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Cecil Queen Anne's, Kent, and Montgomery counties until 8pm Thursday. A Severe T-Storm Watch means that conditions are favorable for severe storms to develop while a warning means conditions are imminent.
A powerful cold front continues to blast toward the area this afternoon/evening with a potent round of showers and thunderstorms. The bulk of the energy is north but storms do look to become severe based upon lift from the front as well as warm moist air out ahead of the boundary. For that reason the Storm Prediction Center has put our area underneath an ENHNACED Risk for severe weather until the front passes after 9PM into early Friday morning.
Primary threats of strong damaging winds and large hail remain for all areas through this evening. An isolated tornado also cannot be ruled out based upon the extra spin above. Timing for the storms still sits between 3-6pm this evening as the front moves in from the west. We have a slow lifting cloud deck and relatively dry dewpoint values hovering around 60 degrees which could interject on the severity of storms. The severe threat will wane quickly this evening with temperatures falling into the 60s. Wind will be an issue throughout your Friday with gusts around 25-30 mph.
Drier conditions expected Friday and then again for most of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The time is now to remember your weather action plan. Know your safe spot to go and remember when a warning is issued to take immediate action. Make sure you have a way to get weather information, should any alerts be issued. Our WMAR2News app is free for download from the Apple/GooglePlay store. If you can't get alerts by phone be sure to stay with us throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates as storms approach this evening.