UPDATED at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
WASHINGTON - Rain and thunderstorms have dropped about 1 inch of rain across the listening area, with some spots receiving even higher amounts of rainfall.
The storms also triggered three tornado warnings today. The most recent was for the Laurel, Maryland, area. Early this morning, a tornado warning was issued for Virginia’s Clarke, Frederick and Warren counties and midday for D.C. and the inner suburbs.
Temperatures have dropped as the storm has moved east of D.C.
The heavy rains could trigger flooding as many areas have already received more than a half inch of rain with more on the way. Drivers should be wary of high water on roads as they travel home this afternoon.
However the flood watch has been cancelled for much of the region. Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties still remain under a flood watch until 8 p.m.
The storms have knocked down some trees down in the WTOP listening area and power outages have been reported.
The rain is expected through the afternoon and into the evening. It is moving from the South to the North-Northeast.
The forecast calls for the rain to move out overnight.
Thursday will be seasonable and near 70 with a stray shower. Sunshine returns Friday.
A strong cold front is approaching the region this
morning. Areas of heavy rain develop later this morning from west to east
and strong winds will be a concern, as well. Flooding is a concern with the
potential for several inches of rain in locations. A Flash Flood Watch is up
for areas southwest through Noon and a Flood Watch is in effect for metro D.C.
from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. By Thursday, the front will be east of the Metro
Area but scattered showers will still be possible. Friday’s weather should be
just fine with partly cloudy skies.
Cloudy, Mild and Windy, Shower & Storms, Some Heavy (FLOOD WATCH)
Highs: Mid 70s, Dropping by PM
Wind: SE 10-20 mph
OVERNIGHT: Showers Early Taper, Partly Cloudy
Wind: SW 5-10 mph
TOMORROW: Partly Cloudy, Seasonble, Stray Shower (Mainly West)
Highs: Near 70°
Wind: WSW 5-10 mph
FRIDAY: MostlySunny, Nice
Highs: Low 70s
SATURDAY: Sunny and Nice
Highs: Upper 60s
SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny, But Cooler
Highs: Low 60s