U.S. Capitol (Photo via Twitter/SenateSergeantAtArms)A strong thunderstorm is bringing heavy rain to parts of the Capitol Hill area this afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern D.C. until 4:30 p.m. and a flash flood warning for central D.C. until 6:45 p.m.

The storm already has brought up to 1 inch of rain in the D.C. area. It is expected to hit Nationals Park and the U.S. Capitol.

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(Updated at 4:25 p.m.) A powerful storm toppled at least eight trees in the Capitol Hill area early this morning, closing streets.

According to Twitter and Hill Now reader reports, trees fell down near:

The trees blocked at least a few of the streets this morning. Some of the trees hit cars, too.

The storm, which came through D.C. about 1 a.m., brought “almost non-stop lightning and thunder, strong to damaging winds and torrential rain,” according to the Capital Weather Gang.

Did the storm knock down trees on your block in the Capitol Hill area? Send a horizontal photo with a location to [email protected].


Lightning strike near U.S. Capitol (Photo via Wikimedia/U.S. Air Force)Remnants of Tropical Storm Bill could leave the Capitol Hill area with more than three inches of rain this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from Saturday evening to Sunday morning for the District.

“Showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage from west to east late Saturday afternoon and continue into Sunday morning,” the National Weather Service said. “Some of the storms will contain torrential downpours which could lead to flash flooding.”

Photo via Wikimedia/U.S. Air Force


U.S. Capitol (Photo via Twitter/SenateSergeantAtArms)The Capitol Hill area could receive more than an inch of rain tonight.

The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings for the District, saying D.C. could get between 3/4 and 1 1/4 inches of rain this evening.

The severe thunderstorm warning expires at 5:30 p.m. The flash flood warning runs until 7 p.m.

A line of storms with heavy rain is expected to be over the District until 5:30 p.m.

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Weather advisory (Image via National Weather Service DC/Baltimore)The sky over Capitol Hill is clouding over, and a tornado is possible.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for all of the District this afternoon. The watch will be in effect until 10 p.m.

Downpours are already being reported in the region. Any tornadoes are most likely to occur north of D.C., according to Capital Weather Gang.

Image via National Weather Service DC/Baltimore


Rain, umbrellas near the Eastern Market Metro station, March 20, 2015(Updated at 10:15 a.m.) Pack your umbrella and look out for slick roads and sidewalks.

A freezing rain advisory was in effect for the District early this morning, and then was lifted for the immediate metro area. The National Weather Service predicted the area will get light freezing rain and trace accumulations of ice before noon today. The freezing drizzle is expected to turn into rain this afternoon.

An official alert issued by the city early this morning advised locals to plan for potentially hazardous travel.

Temperatures are expected to drop to a low of 47 degrees tonight, and then jump to a high of 74 degrees Thursday. There’s a chance of showers until Saturday, which the forecast says will be mostly sunny.


Forecast for 20002 ZIP code for March 19 and 20, as of March 17 (Image via National Weather Service)D.C. suburbs may get some snow starting Thursday night, but it looks like Capitol Hill will be in the clear.

Temperatures are projected to drop to a low of 32 degrees tonight and stay in the 30s and 40s for the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is expected to hit after midnight Thursday, with a 60 percent chance of precipitation for the 20002 ZIP code.

Intermittent showers are expected from early Thursday morning through Friday night, and then should let up for the weekend.

Suburbs north and west of the District may get snow or a wintery mix starting late Thursday, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

Image via National Weather Service


(Updated at 8:45 a.m. Friday) With no more snow expected but roads still a mess, D.C. Public Schools are closed again Friday.

D.C. government offices and federal offices are opening on a two-hour delay.

School officials announced Thursday night that schools would be closed a second day in a row, to the dismay of some locals.

“I just heard a million parents screaming. I didn’t know what was happening until I realized DCPS closed schools again tomorrow. #SnowDayTwo,” Twitter user @Nevin Martell wrote.

Other locals praised the decision. “Thank you For the notification. Good call!!!” Facebook user Nelson F. Lopez wrote on the DCPS page.

The forecast today calls for a wind chill as low as 6 degrees, and partly cloudy skies.

An official Cold Emergency is in effect. Call 211 for information on warming shelters and other government services. To request shelter for someone homeless, call 211 or email [email protected].

Trash and recycling pickup is scheduled for today but may be discontinued if road conditions are too poor, according to the mayor’s office.

Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will open on a modified schedule, with most aquatic centers opening at 10:30 a.m. For detailed information, see the department’s website.


Snow on branches (Photo via Flickr/58067032@N06)(Updated at 7:20 a.m. Thursday) District officials are preparing for a snowstorm Thursday, warning locals to move cars from emergency routes and leave extra time for Metro trips.

An official snow emergency starts in D.C. at 7 a.m. Thursday, with 4 to 8 inches in the forecast for Capitol Hill. More than 200 snow trucks will hit the streets starting at 2 a.m., according to an advisory from the city.

D.C. Public Schools, D.C. government and federal offices are closed Thursday, officials announced.

Rain and sleet are expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The snowstorm is predicted to hit during the day Thursday, gradually clearing by nightfall.

Here’s what to expect:

Parking: Drivers are advised to move their cars off snow emergency routes before 7 a.m. Thursday to make way for plows. If your car is impounded, you’ll be charged $350, plus $20 each day the vehicle is stored. Snow emergency routes on the Hill include Constitution Avenue, Independence Avenue and H Street. The full map of snow emergency routes can be viewed here.

Sidewalks: Residents are asked to put salt, de-icer or non-clumping cat litter on sidewalks before the storm hits.

Metro: Efforts will be made to maintain normal Metrorail service, officials said. Buses will run on a moderate snow plan, with some expected detours and delays. A list of planned service for every city bus is available here. MetroAccess service for people with disabilities is suspended until further notice.

More than 770 Metro workers are assigned to snow response, working 12- to 14-hour shifts, Metro said. They’ll have 142 snow blowers, 643 shovels and 2,300 tons of salt for roadways and parking lots.

Photo via Flickr/58067032@N06


Sledding at the Capitol (Photo via Flickr/smarta)Capitol Hill could get 5 inches or more of snow starting tomorrow, the National Weather Service said this afternoon.

A winter storm watch is in effect for D.C. from Wednesday evening to Thursday night.

Freezing rain is expected tonight, followed by more rain tomorrow. Snow is predicted to hit overnight Thursday, NWS says.

Driving may be dangerous as snow and rain hit, creating slick roads and reducing visibility to about a quarter mile.

School closings are a possibility on Thursday and Friday, according to the Capital Weather Gang. The weather bloggers predict a 50 percent chance of at least 4 inches of snow in D.C. as a whole.

Photo via Flickr/smarta


Rain on window (Photo via Flickr/meddygarnet)More snow, sleet and freezing rain are likely on the way.

Washington will be under a winter weather advisory from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, the National Weather Service announced this afternoon.

A wintery mix is expected between 1 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, with winds as high as 13 mph. Little or no snow and ice are expected to accumulate on Capitol Hill, but other parts of the District could be harder hit.

The precipitation may coincide with the Tuesday evening commute, Capital Weather Gang warns.

Photo via Flickr/meddygarnet


Snowflake (Photo via Flickr/mommamia)(Updated at 10:45 p.m.) The snow plows and brine trucks will be back on the streets soon.

With as much as 1 inch of new snow accumulation by tomorrow afternoon predicted, the District Snow Team is hitting the streets again starting at 11 p.m. tonight.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced tonight that more than 200 trucks will roll out to help ease the morning commute.

D.C. Public Schools will open on a two-hour delay, officials announced.

Snow is expected on Capitol Hill mainly after 4 a.m., the National Weather Service says. About half an inch could accumulate overnight. Then the flakes will continue to fall on Thursday, mainly before 1 p.m. The low temperature tomorrow is 22 degrees.

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