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Flood threat continues for parts of the DC area

Flash Flood Watch through 6am Friday

Update (1:46pm): The Flash Flood Watch has been expanded for the entire DC area through 6am Friday morning. Areas of moderate to heavy rainfall will continue through this afternoon and evening. Local modeling is still depicting a heavy line of showers and storms impacting the immediate DC Metro this evening between 6pm and 9pm. Rainfall rates of one to two inches per hour will be possible, leading to flash flooding. Areas of high water and downed trees due to over-saturated soils will be possible. Please be sure to monitor the forecast through tonight if you need to be out.

Areas of heavy rain fell overnight into this morning across parts of the DC area. Locations south of DC along I-95 in eastern Prince William and Northern Stafford Counties reported 3 to 5 inches of rain over the past 24 hours. This closed a number of roads in the area due to standing water. In addition, areas of Charles County near Nanjemoy Creek just west of 301 reported 3-6 inches of rain.


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The heaviest rain over the DC Metro and points southeast through Southern Maryland will continue over the next couple hours but should taper off by Noon for a few hours prior to the next wave.

More heavy rain is in the forecast this afternoon, and the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through the evening hours for the DC Metro area and points south. The next threat for heavy rain and storms will be this afternoon from around 2pm through late evening, more than likely continuing rain chances through sunset. The Flash Flood Watch continues through 7pm.

Looking ahead, a few showers will continue to be possible on Friday as the frontal boundary moves through the area. The best chance will be in the morning hours but we won't see anything like this mornings rain. The weekend will usher in drier air by Saturday afternoon with dewpoints dropping into the low 60s Saturday and eventually into the 50s by Sunday!

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