A Tornado Watch has been issued for Alexandria and the D.C. region, with severe storms expected near the tail end of tonight’s trick-or-treating.
Alexandria has no official trick-or-treating time, but traditionally little ghouls and goblins prowl the streets in search of free candy between about 6-8 p.m. Forecasters warn that a line of storms packing rain and gusty winds will reach Alexandria around 9 p.m.
People should should seek shelter well ahead of the storms, forecasters say. The storms are expected to arrive quickly, bringing heavy rain and dangerous winds that may topple trees and send loose debris flying. Additional isolated storms are possible ahead of the main squall line.
The National Weather Service issued a special statement about the threat:
…DAMAGING LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY TO MOVE EAST ACROSS THE AREA BETWEEN MID AFTERNOON AND MIDNIGHT…
A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS IS EXPECTED TO MOVE EAST ACROSS THE REGION. THESE STORMS WILL BRING THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES. PLEASE BE SHELTERED WHEN THESE THUNDERSTORMS PASS THROUGH YOUR AREA.
THE MOST LIKELY TIMING OF THE LINE RANGES FROM MID TO LATE AFTERNOON FOR THE POTOMAC HIGHLANDS, TO THE EVENING FOR THE BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON METROS, TO BETWEEN 9PM AND MIDNIGHT FOR AREAS EAST OF I-95 TO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. THE STORMS WILL LIKELY LAST AN HOUR OR LESS IN MOST AREAS.
STAY INFORMED. FOR MORE EXACT TIMING FOR YOUR LOCATION, CONSULT THE FORECAST FOR YOUR COMMUNITY AT OUR WEBSITE WEATHER.GOV OR OUR FACEBOOK OR TWITTER FEEDS FOR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON.
The Tornado Watch is in effect until midnight.
More via social media:
Given the forecast for significant rain on Oct 31, please monitor the weather to stay safe if your family will be outdoors. Halloween is not a City holiday and there are no official hours for trick-or-treating, but please check https://t.co/IhnSURznXN for important safety tips.
— AlexandriaVAGov (@AlexandriaVAGov) October 31, 2019
A Tornado Watch is in effect for the area until midnight. A squall line will move through quickly from west to east late this afternoon and evening. Have a way to receive NWS Warnings and seek shelter before storms arrive. See map for more details. pic.twitter.com/qkeNoK7OYL
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) October 31, 2019
A line of thunderstorms is expected later this afternoon and evening. These thunderstorms may contain heavy rain, locally damaging wind gusts, & possibly a few tornadoes. See the second image for more detailed timing information. Stay weather aware & heed any warnings. pic.twitter.com/svF7kZczEw
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) October 31, 2019
Here's a computer model projection of what the radar may look like as the storms approach DC, showing a squall line with a few discrete storms — possibly supercells with a tornado threat — out ahead of it. 5/ pic.twitter.com/2bpPqj6b7n
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) October 31, 2019
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