Spring has sprung along the C&O canal. (George Jiang via Flickr)

After some pretty active weather Friday, things settled down nicely today. The upper-level low responsible for Friday’s severe weather is still lingering close by, and it will continue to do so into early next week. That translates to increasing unsettled conditions for the second half of the weekend, with more chances of showers and less sunshine.

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Through tonight: Rather pleasant weather for your Saturday evening plans, with mild temperatures under partly cloudy skies. Pack an umbrella for any outdoor plans, though, because an isolated shower may pop up after sunset. Clouds will build overnight, with lows ranging from the upper 40s to low 50s, with a light 5- to 10-mph wind out of the southwest.

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Mostly cloudy with isolated morning showers. Despite rain becoming more widespread in the afternoon, most of the day should be dry because the precipitation will be light and moving fast. Highs in the mid-60s, possibly coming close to 70 if we get some breaks of sunshine in the afternoon. Scattered showers persist into tomorrow night, with lows in the low 50s.

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Friday severe weather outbreak: Severe weather impacts were felt from Florida up to Pennsylvania on Friday, with at least one storm-related fatality reported in Tallahassee. At least 18 tornadoes were reported during Friday’s outbreak, including a confirmed tornado in Reston.

Friday’s event capped a busy period of severe weather, with over 150 confirmed tornadoes in the past seven days. Recent strong high-latitude blocking over the North Atlantic enabled a series of upper-level lows to be cut off and track over areas rich in low-level moisture and instability (such as the gulf states and the southeast), creating an environment conducive to severe weather.


Upper level pattern over the past 7 days via NOAA

Thankfully, the blocking pattern over the North Atlantic will begin to realign over the next week, which should break up the severe weather pattern over the United States.

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