Today will no-doubt be a busy one this afternoon and evening as an approaching and long-awaited cold front nears the area from the north. We will see pop-up storms that will be driven by the heat alone (the type that we’re used to: pulsing up real fast and dying off just as fast) but they will still pack a punch in some areas.

To the north along and north of Route 460 to the I-64 Corridor and into Northern Virginia, the storms will be more organized and will be able to stay severe longer once they reach that threshold. Damaging 60 mph winds and large hail are possible in the storms, mainly in northern areas.

There’s also the potential for isolated flash flooding with any downpour, especially in places that have already seen a lot of rain over the past 5 days. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect along and north of Route 460 as well for the threat of larger storms putting down heavier rain over a longer period of time closer to the front.

The front itself actually dies out over us Thursday but gets help from another stronger cold front behind it Thursday evening, so Thursday won’t turn dry and cool all of a sudden. Instead, we will still see warm afternoon highs with a few showers ahead of both fronts as the stronger one catches up with the first one and pushes the drier air in at last for Thursday night.

Expect the nicest weather Friday and Saturday with low humidity and a hint of Autumn in the air, especially during the overnight hours and early morning hours.

It’s looking like the muggy weather may return for just a couple of days Sunday into next Monday with showers and storms possible in a scattered fashion, but they will be followed by yet another cold front – a third one – that will dry us out and bring pleasant air back into the forecast by the middle of next week.

The overall trend will stay cool and dry looking beyond this 7-day.

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