Record rainfall in the D.C. area Friday


Here are the latest rainfall totals from the National Weather Service

Watch for high water on the roads tonight!

NWS: Montgomery County 911 center reported swift water rescue along Brighton Dam Road near Howard County line. #mdwx

— Everett Will (@DCAbloob) October 11, 2013

BWI Thurgood Marshall and Dulles Airports both broke their daily rainfall records today, with over an 2 inches recorded at Dulles Airport and over 3 inches at BWI. Reagan National also broke the record set back in 1905 as they sit at 1.39" as of 6pm.

Now that I am posting this, I see that I left the show in build mode, which explains the hash marks on the graphic! must be Friday.

These are impressive totals, and two-day totals are even higher with over 5 inches recorded at BWI, over 4 and a half inches recorded at Dulles and over 3 inches at Reagan.

This has really affected the flash flooding guidance as now if D.C. sees another inch or so of rain in the next 3 hours, the potential for Flash Flooding exists. Needless to say (but I'm saying it anyway), if you come across flooded roads or high water, turn around and find another route. You'll see Mark Brady's tweet below and understand why.

This has led to some high water spots across the region as reported through Fairfax County's twitter feed:

Leigh Mill Rd is closed between Kelso Road and White Chimney Lane for flooding. Find an alternate route.

— FairfaxCounty Police (@fairfaxpolice) October 11, 2013

Another from Fairfax County:

10/11, 2:52 pm: 4 roads closed due to flooding. If you come across other flooded roads, do NOT drive through. Tips:

— Fairfax County (@fairfaxcounty) October 11, 2013

And Mark Brady's twitter feed which covers Prince Georges County:

A car stalled in high water on the ramp from Rt 202 to Brightseat Rd/Landover Mall. No rescue. No injuries.

— Mark Brady (@PGFDPIO) October 11, 2013

And a picture of said car from our reporter Brad Bell:

Heads up, shoppers! RT @ABC7Brad: This puddle at Landover mall often traps cars. #weather #rain

— Julie Parker (@PGPDJulie) October 11, 2013

Showers will continue tonight but shouldn't be as heavy as they were yesterday and today. The chance for scattered showers remains in the forecast tomorrow along with a chance for some patchy drizzle. Sunday may start with some drizzle but by the afternoon hours, we may see an odd sight that we haven't seen in a while..this golden orb in the sky we call the sun. We're all waiting!