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Heavy rain expected Friday, cooler weekend ahead

StormWatch7 Futurecast Rainfall

Love it or hate it, we are about make a nice dent in the rain deficit at Reagan National Airport - considering totals year to date are about three-inches below average. Thanks to a very slow moving area of low pressure, clouds will begin to increase Thursday with the first drops expected by evening around the Capital Beltway. Southwestern Virginia will see rain arrive during the afternoon hours.

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The sloth-like speed of this system will only help to intensify rain totals for the DMV and surrounding area. Great news if you have planted your garden, pretty bad news if you have to travel in it. Timing for the Friday morning commute looks rotten, especially for those attempting to get from point A to point B quickly. Focus for the heaviest rainfall will start during the predawn hours Friday and will likely continue through the morning and into early afternoon. Rain totals will be impressive, ranging from one to two-inches, with the heaviest amounts along the Blue Ridge.

While the ground will be able to absorb most of the rain, localized flooding will be possible. The biggest problems will probably come from water ponding on roadways. A few lingering showers will stick around Saturday, with highs that will range from the upper 50s to lower 60s.

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