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Heavy rain falls around D.C. area

 Current flood warnings in effect (NWS)

UPDATED 5:45 p.m. Friday: Several hours of torrential downpour in the D.C. region have dumped more than 4 inches of rain on some areas, causing creeks and streams to swell, street closures,  traffic delays and flooding .

There is a  flood warning in effect until dinnertime for much of Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland. 

There are also flood warnings for small streams across the listening area.


 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

The skies have begun to clear as the rain moves off the coast and highs should move into the low 70s this afternoon.

The region was forecast to see 2 to 4 inches of rain and many areas already received more than 4 inches of rain by 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Rain totals as of 8:30 a.m. 

With some areas seeing large amounts of rain, flooding remains a major concern especially with small streams, rivers and urban areas that are prone to flooding. In Georgetown, the Potomac River is expected to crest at 10.7 feet by Saturday afternoon, which is several feet above flood stage. 

Other rivers expected to crest well above flood stage Saturday include the Rappahannock near Fredericksburg, Goose Creek near Leesburg and other points along the Potomac including Point of Rocks and Little Falls. 

Expect it to be pretty breezy this afternoon as well. By Friday night, clear skies will take hold and temperatures will fall into the lower 50s. 

The weekend is looking PHENOMENAL, with daytime highs in the lower 70s and partly sunny skies Saturday. A few isolated sprinkles are possible through the afternoon. Expect a few more clouds Sunday. 

Get the full forecast on WTOP.com.

TRAFFIC:

There are a number of road closures and signal outages around the region because of crashes and flooding.

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Below are notable traffic/commuter complications:

-Eastbound Va. 7 at Colvin Mill Road in Great Falls has reopened.

-U.S. 1 has reopened at Telegraph Road.

-Hunter Mill Road in Fairfax County will be closed for several days due to storm damage


  • The National Weather Service has extended the  flood warning for the following communities until 6:45 p.m.

    • Montgomery County 
    • Carroll County 
    • Frederick County 
    • City Of Manassas 
    • City Of Manassas Park 
    • Fairfax County 
    • Loudoun County
    •  Prince William County 
    Flooded streams include the Upper Monocacy River near Bridgeport, Broad Run And Catoctin Creek and Difficult Run near Great Falls.
  • The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for urban areas and small streams for the following communities until 8 p.m.

    •  D.C.
    •  Howard County
    •  Montgomery County
    •  Arlington County
    •  City Of Alexandria
    •  City Of Falls Church 
    •  Fairfax County

    Rock Creek is still flooding at Sherrill Drive and roads are reported to still be closed due to high water in western Howard County. Also Glebe Road at 4th Street in Arlington County has standing water and lanes are closed. 

  • Just in from the National Weather Service: Storm reports and a damage survey by NWS employees indicate tree damage consistent with an  EF0 tornado along Sally Mill Road and Light Horse Court and east of Middleburg, Virginia.  Large trees were found uprooted in different directions along with large branches snapped or twisted.
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