Strong winds, thunderstorms and hail Sunday evening were expected to give way to a clear and clement week as a cold front sweeps eastward across Maryland.
National Weather Service forecasters said the front, which passed through the Midwest on its way to the East Coast, would bring damaging wind gusts, large hail and the possibility of isolated tornadoes Sunday night and Monday. A severe thunderstorm watch in central and western parts of Maryland and a tornado watch in Garrett County were in place until 2 a.m. Monday, but could be extended further, depending on the conditions, according to weather service meteorologist Jim Lee. He said Marylanders should keep an eye on the forecast for the latest information in their area.
The heavy weather is expected to pass before the Monday morning commute, and after some scattered storms and gusty winds Monday, the rest of the week should be clear. Highs in the upper 70s and low 80s should serve as a reprieve from recent days that have hovered around 90, Lee said.
"For the rest of the week it looks cooler than normal," he said. "It'll be a little taste of late August in late July."