A good part of the day wasn’t bad, with filtered sunshine and temperatures reaching near 50. But skies have turned overcast and rain showers are on their way for this evening and overnight. Wednesday is dry and milder.
Through Tonight: Rain arrives between 6 and 9 p.m. from southwest to northeast and continues through the night. It may be moderate at times in the pre-dawn hours. About 0.5” is likely which isn’t enough to cause flooding concerns. Lows range from 40-45 (suburbs-city).
Tomorrow (Wednesday): The rain is mainly over for the morning commute, but skies remain cloudy. Gradually through the morning skies brighten, and, by afternoon, some patches of blue are certainly possible. It’s about 10 degrees milder than today, with highs in the low 60s.
Last week’s tornadoes and tornado awareness: Though last Thursday night's storms seemed to have more bark than bite in many locations, the National Weather Service did confirm two tornadoes touched down. An EF-0 (the lowest grade tornado) packing maximum winds of 65 mph carved a 4.5 mile path in the vicinity of Centreville/Chantilly, and an EF-1, with peak winds of 90 mph, passed through the Bealeton area of Fauquier county. See the National Weather Service storm assessment for details. No injuries were reported and damage was mainly to trees. An active severe weather season may be forthcoming and in the spirit of safety and public awareness, Virginia held a statewide tornado drill this morning at 9:45 a.m.