Showers and possible thunderstorms were moving into the region Friday afternoon, but severe weather was forecast to stay south of Maryland.
A tornado watch was issued until 9 p.m. for much of eastern Virginia and North Carolina, but forecasters at the Storm Prediction Center said they do not expect to issue any severe weather watches in Maryland.
Strong storms are possible, though, with some capable of producing locally damaging wind gusts and hail. A risk of isolated tornadoes extends into Southern Maryland, according to the National Weather Service. Storms with heavy downpours, limiting visibility, are expected for rush hour in the 5 p.m. hour, according to the weather service.
A gale warning is in effect on the Chesapeake Bay, with 3-foot waves and wind gusts up to 30 knots.
Radar images showed heavy precipitation moving across Western Maryland into the central part of the state about 3:45 p.m. Severe storm warnings were issued across central Virginia.
Rain was expected in the Baltimore area until late evening, with a breezy but pleasant weekend ahead.