Forecasters eyeing overnight severe storm chances

Meteorologists are closely watching an expected severe weather outbreak in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys Wednesday to see if it might hold together and bring damaging winds and hail to Maryland.

Storms could bring isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts and hail across Kentucky, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. Smaller threats of severe wind and hail extend into Maryland, according to the center's forecasts.

Tornado watches were issued Wednesday afternoon from Missouri to West Virginia.

Local forecasters are watching conditions and model predictions to evaluate the risk of severe weather here.

Storms originating from West Virginia were expected to affect the Baltimore and Washington metro areas around sunset, after 8:30 p.m., forecasters said via Twitter.

The weather service forecasts storm chances from about 9 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday in the Baltimore area, with up to half an inch of rain possible. A hazardous weather outlook is in effect across the region, with a small craft advisory on the Chesapeake Bay.

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