Hazardous Weather Outlook This Afternoon; Severe Thunderstorms are Possible

Posted at 12:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Fairfax County and portions of the National Capital Region for this afternoon and evening, with thunderstorms likely late this afternoon and evening. According to the outlook, a few of the thunderstorms may become severe with a threat of damaging wind gusts, large hail and an isolated tornado.

Our Office of Emergency Management has been in contact with the local National Weather Service office, which predicts the severe weather will move into our area between 4-6 p.m.

New Severe Thunderstorm Risk Categories

To help us better understand thunderstorms — like today’s risk — the Storm Prediction Center has worked closely with National Weather Service (NWS) offices, social scientists, communication specialists, FEMA, forecasters and the general public, to arrive at a new five-category description of severe thunderstorm risks.

Understanding Severe Thunderstom Risk Categories
So for today’s storm, the below graphic from the Baltimore/Washington NWS office shows the affected areas and possible impacts of this afternoon’s weather.

Learn more about severe weather at www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/about.html#Severe.

In addition, remember to sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts, which can be sent to multiple email accounts as well as your cellphone(s).

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3 responses to “Hazardous Weather Outlook This Afternoon; Severe Thunderstorms are Possible”

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