Chances of severe weather are looming both Thursday and Friday afternoons, with weather watchers weighing in on everything from damaging winds to flash flooding to hail.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center gives Maryland a 5 percent chance of severe winds and hail this afternoon. The heaviest storm activity is predicted to be across Ohio, with a small chance of tornadoes there.
Friday, the chance of severe weather rises to 15 percent in Maryland. The storm center hasn't yet posted probability maps of specific threats of wind, tornadoes or hail for Friday. The probablities may sound low, but that the forecasters are focusing on an area means it's worth watching.
Here's what local bloggers are saying about the threats:
- AccuWeather's Henry Margusity says Maryland is in for potentially intense storms, with pockets of heavy rain likely to cause urban flooding problems and "a few tornadoes" likely.
- The Maryland Weather blog at MarylandWx.com is calling for only isolated storms Thursday, with "brief heavy rainfall and gusty winds" before more widespread rainfall Friday with the potential for damaging winds.
- WJZ's Bernadette Woods on Friday's storms: "Damaging winds and heavy rain are the biggest threat around here, but hail and an isolated tornado cannot be completely ruled out."
- Former WMAR and WBAL meteorologist Justin Berk spots a trend that most of the severe weather to strike -- including the June 1 tornadoes and June 29 derecho storm -- have come on Fridays this summer. Berk expects multiple bands of storms to pass through Thursday and Friday, with the real risk of tornadoes in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.
- Foot's Forecast says the main storm concerns are for Friday, and aside from the threat of strong winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning, it will kick off a cooler period with highs in the mid-80s.