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Published on May 23, 2024
Washington, D.C. Braces for Storms as National Weather Service Issues Coastal Flood AdvisorySource: Unsplash/ Andrew Konstantinov

Washingtonians are bracing for a deluge with the National Weather Service warning of possible severe thunderstorms and even hazardous weather pouring over the region starting today and ramping up through the Memorial Day weekend. The District of Columbia is particularly on watch, with a coastal flood advisory in place until 10 AM EDT this morning, according to the National Weather Service's recent statement. Residents near low-lying areas and the iconic Tidal Basin should anticipate up to one foot of inundation due to tidal flooding.

The weather outlook isn't looking any brighter for the inland areas either, according to forecasts. With thunderstorms likely before 2 PM today and isolated storms expected to fire up again after 5 PM, the chances of precipitation stand at a steady 60%. This backdrop of mostly cloudy skies and a cozy high near 84 degrees might seem like an almost perfect storm scenario, but the calm winds shifting northwest are unlikely to offer much respite. Residents traveling through potentially affected areas are advised to allow extra time for road closures or barricades and to avoid driving through flooded roads.

The National Weather Service's detailed forecast anticipates the turbulent weather to carry through to the weekend, posing an intermittent threat with daily chances of showers and thunderstorms, especially during the afternoons and evenings. Though Friday shows a slight dip in storm probability, it jumps back up to a 50% chance of precipitation on Saturday, creeping slightly lower on Sunday at 30%, before a predicted spike of up to 70% on Memorial Day itself.

While nightlife along the Potomac might be disrupted, daytime activities will not be spared either. Thunderstorms slicing through the area could pose a risk beyond soggy conditions, as they may produce dangerous winds and waves over waterways this morning, and again this evening. For the brave souls daring the currents, spotter activation might be necessary at times through Monday night. Explorers of the beloved Chesapeake Bay and Tidal Potomac River should heed this coastal flood advisory; it's no light sprinkle we're talking about—a foot of water scoffs at the best pair of Wellingtons.

As if turbulent tides weren't enough, the ominous "hazardous weather outlook" covers a broad swath, impacting not just Washington D.C., but also the I-95 corridor through central Maryland, northern Virginia, and the nearby inland waters, warns the National Weather Service in Baltimore/Washington. They add that a couple of isolated instances of flooding are possible this evening, a conclusion drawn from the day's high humidity and dew points, which make for a rich recipe in storm brewing

For now, citizens and tourists alike should stay tuned to weather updates and prepare accordingly.