The start of the holiday weekend might be stormy. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for much of the DC region until 10 p.m. tonight.
Storms are most likely to develop locally between 4-8 p.m., and some may be strong to severe in nature. They could include heavy rains, gusty winds and large hail.
The Storm Prediction Center said the immediate metro area was at a slight risk for severe weather today, while some areas to the west were under an enhanced risk.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe storms in and close to the watch area.
Annapolis officials said lighting struck the Maryland State House at around 6:26 p.m. Friday. There was no fire or smoke caused by the lightning, but the external sprinklers went off, causing water to spray from the dome.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Anne Arundel and Prince George's County in Maryland until 7 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is also issued for Spotsylvania County in Virginia until 7:15 p.m.
New severe thunderstorm warning for east-central Prince Georges & central Anne Arundel counties until 7pm. pic.twitter.com/SY96SZEYVW— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) July 1, 2016
Heavy, non-severe thunderstorms about to impact city of Fredericksburg, VA but worst will pass south. pic.twitter.com/4AXT8eobHg— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) July 1, 2016
Friday night's Nationals game vs. Reds has been delayed due to the weather. It is scheduled to start at around 6:40 p.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Anne Arundel County in Maryland until 6:30 p.m.
Second severe thunderstorm warning of the day is for northern portions of Anne Arundel county until 6:30pm. pic.twitter.com/tQ8MzucqhA— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) July 1, 2016
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock County in Virginia until 5:45 p.m.
First severe thunderstorm warning of the evening south of DC, including the city of Culpeper, VA. pic.twitter.com/hkWEUJBZeE— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) July 1, 2016
Stay with FOX 5 DC and www.fox5dc.com for updates throughout the afternoon and evening hours.